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ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Andrea Ironside (Collingwood, Ont.) netted her first hat-trick as a Golden Hawks as Wilfrid Laurier handed the University of Moncton Aigles Bleues their first regulation loss 5-3.

“It was one of those games and everyone was rolling early and it was nice to feed off each other,” commented Andrea Ironside on her three goal performance. “Our goal is to come out and be better each period.”

Ironside opened the scoring with a nice shot that picked the upper left corner of the net and left Aigles Bleues netminder Kathy Desjardins (Loretteville, Que.) no chance. Desjardins got her revenge however, as Kaley Powers (Kingston, Ont.) was stopped on a shorthanded break away attempt while Heather Fortuna was serving the Hawks fourth penalty of the match. Shots on goal favored the purple and gold 12-4 by the end of the frame.

The second period started up with Moncton drawing two penalties, which hemmed them in in their own zone. The Hawks eventually capitalized with Andrea Ironside picking up her third of the tournament. Laurier continued to dominate play in the period. Then Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) fired a point shot to give the Hawks a three goal advantage. Laurier out shot the Aigles Bleues 22-2 in the frame mostly by getting pucks to the net from the blueline.

“We’ve been working on getting the puck to the net all year,” commented defencemen Kate Psota. ”Coach Osborne has been drilling that into us all year and it is nice to see it pay off now.”

Laurier had a rocky start to the third period, after going up on the power play and being unable to capitalize, Moncton came back the other way and scored on only their eigth shot on net. The goal energized the Aigles Bleues bench and even after picking up another penalty Moncton kept fighting in the corners. Eventually a Golden Hawk line change gave the AUS champions another opportunity and Marie-Helene Plouride (oteau Road, N.B.) made no mistake, roofing the puck on Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.).

“Moncton came back in the third and had us sweating a little bit, but our veterans came back with a key goal,” said head coach RICK OSBORNE.

Katherine Shirriff netted the purple and gold’s next goal to restore the team’s two goal lead and then Andrea Ironside was setup by another Lauren Barch pass to net the first hat-trick of her career. The marker also tied her with Amanda Joseph for most goals in a game at the national tournament. Moncton would get another goal, but it would be too little, too late for the Aigles Bleues, who would receive their first regulation loss of the season at the hands of the Golden Hawks.

The win sends Laurier to the gold medal game to face the winner of Pool A competition. The match will be played on Sunday, March 22nd at 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Score television network on tape delay. 
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