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Fortuna nets hat-trick in 5-2 win over UWO
Laurier: 5 Western: 2

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WATERLOO, Ont – Heather Fortuna (Kitchener, Ont.) scored a hat-trick as the #3 nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (17-0) defeated the Western Mustangs (4-8-5) 5-2 in front of 104 fans at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

“There is something about our starts against Western,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE. “The last time we played against them we were down three-nothing in the first five minutes. They come hard.”

The team played Windsor on the road yesterday to a 1-0 win and travelled back to Laurier after the game to arrive in Waterloo at 3:00 a.m.

The Mustangs jumped on the road-weary Hawks early with two goals on their first three shots on net. Both came from Ellie Seedhouse (Whitby, Ont.), the first on a two-on-none break and the second after the puck hit the cross bar and landed in front of her. Laurier continued to struggle in the period, giving up several more chances. Towards the end of the period, Heather Fortuna caused a turnover in the Mustangs zone and took the puck to the net. The Kinesiology major made a quick move and went to the backhand, putting the puck past Jessica Ulrich (Keswick, Ont.) with 57 second left in the frame.

The second period resolved nothing for either team. The purple and gold took several penalties, but were able to kill them off successfully.

Laurier finally began to play like themselves in the third period. Candace Kellough (Bolton, Ont.) entered the Mustangs zone down the right hand side and went straight to the net. She fired a wrister at the goalies blocker side, to ring it off the post and in. The goal boosted the home team’s confidence and Laurier started to attack the Mustangs aggressively. Laurier earned their second power play of the game next, and made the visitors pay. Two Hawks took the puck to the net and Ulrich made the save, but the puck squirted out to Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.), who fired it into the net past a screened netminder. The power-play marker would stand up as the game winner. The Hawks would continue to roll as Heather Fortuna scored two more to earn her hat-trick and take the team lead in scoring with ten goals this season.

The purple and gold went two for three with the man-advantage and went one for six on the penalty kill.

Mustang goalie Jessica Ulrich made 29 stops on 34 shots, while Laurier netminder Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) turned away 15 of 17.

The Golden Hawks will next be in action against the Brock Badgers at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Saturday, January 17th. The puck drops at 3:00 p.m.
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