Laurier: 5 OUA Final - Queen's: 1
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LONDON – Andrea Bevan
led the #2 ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to a 5-1 victory over the #7 Queen’s Golden Gaels for the team’s fourth consecutive provincial championship.
The win also gives the Golden Hawks a berth to the National Championships which start March 16th in the nations’ capital.
Laurier advanced to the provincial championship after defeating Guelph in the semi final 2-1 in overtime.
"Yesterday, like a lot of good teams, the journey had a few little bumps – but we picked it up today" said head coach RICK OSBORNE
when asked to compare the semi final to the championship game. "There isn’t a passenger on this team – they all did it together. The team worked hard and earned it today."
Bevan, a defenseman from Collingwood scored two goals throughout the contest including one on a breakaway midway through the first period. The league’s most valuable player and first team provincial all-star would net another later in the game, deflecting in a shot from Fiona Aiston
Team captain Laurissa Kenworthy
of Newmarket also had a big point night – scoring the fifth purple-and-gold marker on a breakaway and picking up three assists, including one on the game winner.
"We’re really happy with our game today," said Kenworthy. "We had a common goal [the Championship win] and we worked for it throughout the game."
Queen’s scored their only goal while on the power play midway through the second. Victoria Kaufmann found the back of the net when Wielgosz got caught out of position.
set the tone of the game early, scoring an unassisted goal one-minute and thirty-seconds into the game on only the second shot. It was the second straight game that the forward from Collingwood who sports number 66 opened the scoring for the Golden Hawks. A point shot early in the first by Lauren Meschino
of Toronto beat Katherine Boyd and stood as the game winner.
Boyd faced 37 shots throughout the night while Hawk backstop Morgan Wielgosz
saw 22 in the game. For about 20 seconds of the contest, she took a seat for some skate repairs and backup Liz Knox
"We know that we have to do what we did tonight at nationals and we will be fine," said Bevan when asked about the trip to Ottawa.
The team will now focus on the National tournament. The seeding and schedule for the six team National tournament will be announced on Monday.