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Katherine Shirriff led all Hawks in the tournament with five points.
Katherine Shirriff led all Hawks in the tournament with five points.
Laurier wins inaugural Waterloo tournament
Laurier: 4 KW Junior Rangers: 3
WATERLOO, Ont. - Wilfrid Laurier's women's hockey team defeated the Brampton Thunder 2-0 to claim the title at the University of Waterloo's inaugural New Year's tournament.

"This tournament really gave us an opportunity to utilize our depth," said head coach RICK OSBORNE. "Our conditioning over the holidays shone through in five games over three days."

The Hawks opened the tournament with a 4-3 victory over the Kitchener-Waterloo Junior Rangers with Fiona Lester (Peterborough, Ont.) scoring the winner with just 18 seconds left on the clock.

Laurier continued to roll with a 7-1 win over the Brampton Thunder and a 4-2 win over the London Devilettes.

In their fourth match, Laurier defeated the host Waterloo Warriors 4-2 to advance to the championship game against the Brampton Thunder. In the title match Alicia Martin (Etobicoke, Ont.) scored the game winner on a nice setup from Heather Fortuna (Kitchener, Ont.). Devon Skeats (Whitby, Ont.) notched the other goal with another assist going to Fortuna.

“The team showed remarkable resiliency throughout the tournament, killing a lot of penalties,“ commented RICK OSBORNE.

The Golden Hawks out shot their opponents 213-71 over the course of the event. Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) earned three of the purple and golds wins, while Kristen Kilgallen (Guelph, Ont.) notched the other two.

Katherine Shirriff (Carrying Place, Ont.) lead all Hawks with five points in the tournament with three goals and two assists. Five other Hawks picked up four points each.

“The York Lions went 3-0 at the Concordia tournament over the break and then we face the Toronto Varsity Blues,” said Osborne. “Playing both teams to start the second half will be a tough challenge.”

Laurier will host the Lions on Saturday, January 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. The Hawks will then take on the Blues on Sunday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m.

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