Laurier: 2 OUA Final (Gm 1 of 3) - Guelph: 3
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WATERLOO, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons scored three goals in the second period to take game one of the best-of-three OUA championship series 3-2 against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in front of 510 fans.
"Tonight Tori Woods won another game for them," commented head coach RICK OSBORNE
. "She made a great dangle and a solid shot for the game winner."
In the first period, neither team was able to capitalize on their opportunities. The Gryphons earned the first power play on a tripping call to Andrea Bevan
(Collingwood, Ont.). The Hawks then earned an advantage of their own, but Guelph goalie Cassandra McNichol turned aside all comers.
The goals started to come for both squads in the second frame. Laurier's Heather Fortuna
(Kitchener, Ont.) notched her second goal of the playoffs to open the scoring. Guelphs Erin Small answered midway through the second, scoring Cindy Eadie
's the first goal against of the season. The Gryphon's kept coming with Leslie Taylor scoring off a rebounded blocked shot to give the and then Tori Woods potted a short handed marker to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage going into the break.
Changing things up in the third period, Laurier pulled Cindy Eadie
(Brantford, Ont.) and replaced her with OUA all-star Liz Knox
(Stouffville, Ont.). The Hawks Katherine Shirriff
(Carrying Place, Ont.) scored midway through the frame, but it was too little, too late for Laurier.
Laurier netminders Cindy Eadie
and Liz Knox
turned aside 15 of 18 shots while Guelph goalie Cassandra McNichol stopped 35 of 37 to be named Sherwood player of the game.
Game two of the series will take place in Guelph at the Gryphon Centre on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30. Tickets will be available at the gate.