Laurier: 2 OUA Final (Gm 2 of 3) - Guelph: 1
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GUELPH - The number two nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks beat the number five ranked Guelph Gryphons 2-1 at the Gryphon Centre Saturday night.
The win evens the series at ones in the OUA Championship best of three series with the final game now taking place Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. Guelph won the first game of the gold medal series, 3-2. Lauren Barch
(Burlington, Ont.) picked up her second goal of the post-season as she scored the game winning goal just eleven seconds into the second frame in front on an announced crowd of 810.
“We never gave up,” said Barch post-game. “We knew after the game tied up again that with some determination, our time would come and we would be able to take this game.”Candace Kellough
(Bolton, Ont.) opened scoring for the Golden Hawks just six minutes into the game. The goal was her first of the post-season. Guelph’s Dayna Kanis scored the equalizer just over a minute later.
The Golden Hawks killed off a significant five-on-three penalty midway through the third after Kaley Powers
(Kingston, Ont.) and Stephanie Crarey
(Newmarket, Ont.) visited the penalty box.
“We played a very tactical game tonight,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE
. “Guelph is well coaches and tonight we played some skilled ‘final-four’ hockey,” referring to previous years where the best of three series did not exist and each game was significant to win. Liz Knox
(Stouffville, Ont.) made 18 saves in the contest while her counterpart Cassandra McNichol stopped 27 including some a great one-on-one chance by Andrea Bevan
(Collingwood, Ont.) just seconds into the game.
Laurier has won the last five consecutive provincial titles and has competed in nine.
Fans interested in the game but not able to attend will be able to see the broadcast live on the web at www.laurierathletics.com/live.