KINGSTON, Ont. – The no. 2 nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks claimed their eighth shutout of the season as they defeated the no. 7 Queen’s Gaels 3-0 at the Memorial Centre.
The Gaels (10-2-1) sit second in the OUA standings behind the Golden Hawks (14-0) with both of the Queen’s regulation losses coming at the hands of Laurier.
“This was a big win for us,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE on the victory over the division rivals in the Kingston arena. “We shut out the highest scoring team in the OUA for a second time. “
Caitlin Muirhead (Waterloo, Ont.) had a two-goal contest as she scored netted a short-handed marker late in the first period. Later in the third she added the third goal of the game and her fourth of the season. Her shorthanded marker was the momentum shifter in what was a tough game.
Rookie Candice Styles (Orangeville, Ont.) opened scoring in the game 15 minutes into the first frame only 18 seconds after a Queen’s high-sticking penalty call.
Netminder Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) was once again on her game as she saw 45 shots on her and was able to claim her sixth shutout of the year. Her counterpart Mel Dodd-Moher stopped 30 of the 33 shots she was faced with.
Laurier’s penalty kill was strong once again shutting out Queen’s on all four times while the Hawks scored on one of their four opportunities with the extra man.
The Golden Hawks finish the first half of their regular season on the road in Oshawa against the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.