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Hawks trump Gee Gee’s 6-1
Laurier: 6 CIS Championships - Pool B - Ottawa: 1

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ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Kaley Powers (Kingston, Ont.) scored two goals as the number two seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the sixth seeded Ottawa Gee Gee’s 3-2 in the opening match from the CIS women’s hockey championship.

“We got everyone in the game, ready to go,” said Kaley Powers following the win. “We worked towards using everyone’s strength’s to overcome the first period deficit.”

Both teams faced each other last year at the CIS Championship in Ottawa where the Golden Hawks defeated the hosts 1-0.

The Ottawa Gee Gee’s Samantha Delandardo (Keswick, Ont.) opened the scoring in the game with a goal off their first shot. The puck rebounded off a shot and Delandardo fired it under Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) for the opener. Both teams killed off penalties in the frame to give the Gee Gee’s a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.

Laurier broke out midway through the second period as Lauren Barch (Burlington, Ont.) and Kaley Powers broke into the Gee Gee’s zone with a two-on-none break. Barch dished to Powers who fired the puck over Ottawa’s Jessika Audet (Charlesbourg, Que.) for the tying goal. The purple and gold received their first lead of the game with a power-play goal from Heather Fortuna (Kitchener, Ont.) who jammed the puck in under Audet. Powers picked up her second of the contest off a cross-crease pass and put it in the backdoor to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead at the second intermission.

The Golden Hawks kept coming in the third period with Andrea Ironside (Collingwood, Ont.) getting sent in behind the defence and beating Audet one-on-one to net her second marker of the post-season. Stephanie Crarey (Newmarket, Ont.) and Lauren Barch picked up the other goals in the frame. Barch also picked up four points in the match and was named the player of the game.

Liz Knox stopped 13 of 14 shots on net while her counterpart Jessika Audet turned aside 37 of 42 for the loss.

“We’ll sit back tomorrow and watch the other two teams play and know exactly what we have to do,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE on his plans for the upcoming days.

The Golden Hawks will now have a day off before taking on the Moncton Aigles Bleues on Saturday, March 21st at 3:00 p.m. EST.  The game will be broadcast on SSN Canada.

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