Laurier: 2 OUA Semi Finals - Guelph: 1
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LONDON - An overtime goal with 2:14 remaining is what the #2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks needed to defeat the Guelph Gryphons 2-1 to advance to the provincial championship.
The gold medal game will be played at 3:30 p.m. at Thompson Arena on Sunday.
This is the seventh consecutive appearance at the provincial final for the purple-and-gold. Laurier has won four of the last five provincial titles.
Captain Laurissa Kenworthy
scored the winner on a pass from Fiona Aiston
that got by Guelph goalie Aleisha Lusk. The shot was one of two that got by her in Laurier’s 36 attempts. Hawk backstop Morgan Wielgosz
made some great saves throughout the performance to keep the game tied up. She ended up stopping 26 in the game.
"It doesn’t really matter who scored – all that matters is that the puck was in the net and we came out with the win," said Captain Laurissa Kenworthy
when asked to comment on her goal.
After a scoreless first, the teams exchanged goals in the second with the Hawks scoring first. Andrea Ironside
, who was named the Sherwood Player of the Game, put the puck between the legs of Lusk to open scoring. Guelph’s Patricia Harris scored shorthanded later in the period.
Harris became only the second player from Guelph to score on the Hawks this year. The Gryphons have played Laurier three times in the regular season – losing 3-0, 3-1 and tying at ones at the end of the season. In those games Elysia Desmier was the lone scorer.
Both teams had no luck with special teams throughout the game – Guelph even had two two-man advantages on which they couldn’t capitalize.
"We had some trouble finishing this afternoon," said head coach RICK OSBORNE
. "It is playoff time – our first game back after some time off and I think you’ll see the real snipers come out tomorrow."
The opponent for the Golden Hawks in the provincial final is being decided this afternoon as Queen’s faces off against Toronto.
"Both teams are different and have their strengths – Queen’s offensively and Toronto defensively," said Osborne when asked to comment about the championship game. "I think we are equipped to handle both teams."
Laurier Athletics will attempt to stream the gold medal game on the internet at www.laurierathletics.com/live