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Skeats nets Hat Trick in 3-2 win
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ANTIGONISH, N.S - Devon Skeats (Whitby, Ont.) scored her first career hat trick to lift the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to a 3-2 victory over the host St. Francis Xavier X-Women.

"It’s a great feeling to help my team out, especially being a rookie,” said Skeats on scoring her first career hat trick.

Earlier in the day the Saint Mary’s Huskies defeated the University of Montreal Carabins 4-2. Montreal will play in the fifth place game on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Huskies will take on the McGill Martlets with the winner advancing to the gold medal game.

”It was a good bounce back from last night,” said head coach RICK OSBORNE. “I was disappointed with that last goal against, I would have liked the two goal spread.”

Laurier wanted to get out to a strong start after their match-up with the Alberta Panadas. The Hawk out shot the X-Women 11-3 in the opening frame, thanks in a large part to four power play opportunities. Even with several solid scoring opportunities Laurier couldn’t convert on fifth year goalie Katie Harvieux (Digby, N.S.)

“It was a good effect,” said Skeats on being moved up to the first line with Candice Styles and Andrea Ironside in the second period. “It made me feel good and I was totally pumped and ready to prove myself with those two players beside me.”

Devon Skeats broke the Golden Hawks scoreless drought at Nationals at 17:01 in the second period to give Laurier a 1-0 lead. After a goal-mouth scramble, the first year left winger slipped the puck under Havieux on the backhand. Earlier in the frame, Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) stopped two breakaway attempts to keep the match scoreless.

The flood gates opened in the third period as four goals were scored. St. F.X.’s Abygail Laking (Cambridge, Ont.) got the X-Women on the board to tie the match one-all. The goal was scored with the man-advantage. The Golden Hawks stormed back with Skeats beating Harvieux  glove side to restore Laurier’s lead. The Purple and Gold went up 3-1, on Skeats’ third marker of the contest where she picked up the puck in the crease and fired it home.  Just 22 seconds later Jenna Downey scored off a rebound to close the gap to 3-2. Caitlin Muirhead (Waterloo, Ont.) would have a chance at the open net, but would fire it wide with five seconds left.

”I’ve been pretty disappointed with our power play, I thought we had a enough time and space to create something,” said coach Osborne. “It’s something we are going to work on in practice tomorrow.”

The Golden Hawks went 0-7 on the power play while the X-Women went 1-6.

”It’s extremely tough,” commented Skeats on having their destiny in the hands of other teams. “We’re just going to hope we’ll pull through and St. F.X. will help us out.”

Laurier will now have Saturday, March 13th off and will await the outcome of the St. F.X. – Alberta game at 7:30 p.m. If St. F.X. wins by two or more goals, the X-Women will advance to the gold medal game, Laurier will play for bronze and Alberta will play for fifth place. If Alberta wins, by any score, the Panda’s will play in the gold medal game, Laurier will play for bronze and the X-Women will play for fifth place. If St. F.X. wins by one the tie breaking formula will be used to determine who plays in what game.
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