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Golden Hawks Begin Season with 8-0 Victory
Laurier: 8 UOIT: 0

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WATERLOO, Ont. -The Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Ridgebacks 8-0 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex to kick of their 2010-11 season. Nine players from UOIT made their first appearance in an OUA game, but it was Laurier’s night to demonstrate many firsts.

The win sets the Golden Hawks record at 1-0, while the Ridgebacks drop to 0-1.

With both teams getting good chances early on, Laurier’s Colin Williams (Orangeville, Ont.) opened scoring at 9:20 in the first. UOIT netminder Jeff Dawson (Bracebridge, Ont.) made a great sprawling save after the goal and the Golden Hawks were able to draw a penalty call. 13 seconds into the power play, Laurier’s Jean-Michel Rizk (Dunham, Que.) made a sharp pass from the corner to Ryan Bellows (St. Catharines, Ont.) who netted his first goal of the season to put the Hawks up 2-0.

In the second period, the UOIT Ridgebacks failed to capitalize on two five-on-three opportunities. This cost them as Laurier’s Brendan Taylor (Oakville, Ont.) scored the first goal of his OUA career with a tip in from the point. Getting the assist was fellow first year James Marsden (Exeter, Ont.). Mike Doran (Ottawa) backhanded his first goal of his purple-and-gold career off of a rebound and over Dawson’s shoulder. Doran finished the contest with two goals. Rookies Alexander Poulter (Broomfield, Co.) and Zack Woolford (Rockwood, Ont.) connected on Laurier’s fifth goal as Poulter passed the puck from behind the net to Woolford who just barely squeezed the puck through Dawson’s legs.

In the third, Poulter scored and the Golden Hawks picked up two more goals by Doran and Mitchell Good (Wellesley, Ont.) to seal the win at 8-0. Good finished the game with one goal and two assists, and Garrett Sinfield (London, Ont.) got three assists.

The Golden Hawks took eight minor-penalties in the game, but the Ridgebacks were unable to score, giving Ryan Daniels (Pickering, Ont.) his third shutout of his career as he stopped 32 shots throughout the evening. UOIT's Jeff Dawson had a busy night making 30 saves on 38 shots.

The win gives Laurier’s coach GREG PUHALSKI his first win as head coach. Coming back from being on the road and going 0-4, coach Puhalski was quite happy with the performance. “It was nice to score some goals," he stated post-game. "It's a good effort from the guys to start our season.”

The UOIT Ridgebacks will try to seek their revenge against the Golden Hawks as the teams play their next regular season contests at the Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa on Saturday, October 9th.

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