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Laurier: 7 OUA Semifinal (Gm 1 of 3) - Queen's: 0

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KINGSTON, Ont. - Alicia Martin (Etobicoke, Ont.) scored just 39 seconds into the contest to lead the no. 2 nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to a shutout to defeat the Queen's Gaels 7-0 at the Kingston Memorial Arena in the first game of the best of three provincial semifinal.

The defending OUA champions went on the road for their first game of the season and opened scoring early. Just 39 seconds into the first period Alicia Martin broke into the zone and slipped the puck under Melissa John (Unionville, Ont.). Laurier kept coming in the frame with Lauren Barch (Burlington, Ont.) feeding FISU returnee Andrea Ironside (Collingwood, Ont.) for their first points of the 2009 post-season. The Golden Hawks got into penalty trouble which slowed them down to end the period.

"We started off well with two quick goals," commented head coach RICK OSBORNE. "After that we rested on our accomplishments a bit and Queen's played us strong for the balance of the period. The team regrouped in the second period and we were able to play the hockey we typically do."

Laurier broke out in the second, with four different Hawks scoring goals. Team Canada gold medalist Andrea Bevan (Collingwood, Ont.) started things off with a power play goal, followed by Alicia Martin's second of the contest. Katherine Shirriff (Carrying Place, Ont.) scored unassisted and then Kaley Powers (Kingston, Ont.) tipped a buzzer beater from Andrea Bevan to give the purple and gold a 6-0 lead to end the frame.

Kaley Powers started off the final period by getting her second marker of the game from Martin and Bevan. Both teams concentrated on their defensive efforts for the remained of the game.

Laurier's Cindy Eadie (Brantford, Ont.) stopped all 18 shots faced for the win while the tandem of Melissa John and Karissa Savage (Calgary, Alta.) turned aside 16 of 23 shots.

The best of three series now moves to the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, where game two will be played on Saturday, March 7th at 3:00 p.m. 
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