WATERLOO, Ont. – Team captain Andrea Ironside picked up four points including two late goals as the no. two nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the York Lions 5-1.
The win increases the Golden Hawk record to 16-0 on the season while York drops to 10-5-1.
Ironside (Collingwood, Ont.) picked up two short-handed empty net goals in the final minutes of the contest while adding a pair of assists earlier on Candice Styles’ (Orangeville, Ont.) pair of goals.
"It was a big game for us today coming back to the second half," commented Ironside post-game. "We wanted to make a statement tonight and I think we did a good job."
Styles ended up with the game winner on the second goal of the contest as she finished off Ironside’s pass while on the power play. Later in the game Styles took an Ironside pass to beat York goalie Sydney McMurter to make the score 3-1.
McMurter made several big stops throughout the contest, ending the night with 30 saves on 33 shots on net.
Alicia Martin (Etobicoke, Ont.) opened scoring in the game 9:23 into the second frame on a wrist shot from the blue line that surprised everyone including McMurter. Styles bumped it up to a two-goal lead later in the period but 30 seconds later York’s Andrea Joyce beat Hawk goalie Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) on her blocker side.
Knox robbed York on several occasions throughout the game including a stop in the first period where she made a glove-hand grab while stretched across the ice. The OUA leading goalie added to her top save percentage with 28 stops.
"The turning point tonight was the great save by Knox on the power play," commented head coach RICK OSBORNE on his starting goaltender. "We killed a lot of penalties and were tired and she helped us to keep control."
The Golden Hawk penalty kill continued to show its league dominance as the team killed off all five York opportunities. Laurier was successful once of the six opportunities on the power play.
Laurier next hosts University of Toronto on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.