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Hawks Fall 4-3 in Shootout Versus Waterloo
Laurier: 3 Waterloo: 4

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WATERLOO, Ont. - The Warriors have won this battle of Waterloo over the Hawks as they win in a shootout 4-3. A big hit from the Warrior's Mike Veysey (Bedford, N.S.) set the tone early for a spirited game. With the win, the Warriors improve to 6-5 while the Hawks fall to 5-3-2.

Ryan Daniels (Pickering, Ont.) made two big saves from the low slot on the penalty kill early in the first period, little did he know that a Laurier power play would lead to the Warrior's first goal. Breaking up a pass to the point led to a breakaway for Chris Ray (Kelowna, B.C.) who made no mistake roofing his fourth of the season over Daniels shoulder. Ray scored another goal in the second period and finished the night with two goals and one assist.

In the second period, Kyle Schwende (Kitchener, Ont.) skated from the half boards and scored his second of the season from the slot through the wickets of Daniels. Down 3-0, the Hawks desperately needed to change the momentum of the game. Laurier got their answer after Zack Shepley (Milton, Ont.) drew a holding penalty, but threw a punch after the whistle knocking down a Warrior which energized the crowd. Luckily, more roughness after the whistle ensued, and the Hawks still got the power play. The Hawks ended the second period unable to score after a 5-on-3 for just over two minutes after Keaton Hartigan (Kitchener, Ont.) made some brilliant saves.

Laurier did not give up as Thomas Middup (Richmond Hill, Ont.) stuffed in a rebound from a shot from the point. He was at it again coming out of the penalty box, spun on his knees but just grazed the outside of the post. Jean-Michel Rizk (Dunham, Que.) took a cross ice pass, misplayed it, but managed to make a nifty deke around Hartigan and tucked the puck into the net to cut the deficit to one.

The Warriors thought they gained back some momentum after another beautiful glove save by Hartigan but faced a disallowed Warriors goal that saw Daniels shook up on the play. The Hawks evened the game at three with a beautiful goal on the power play, moving the puck around the box, with a sharp pass through the crease for Rizk's second of the night. He finished the night with two goals and one assist, and when asked about the game, responded, "It is a little disappointing, we only showed up for one period, and we can’t win a game like that. The third period was better as we carried the puck with speed through the neutral zone."

Overtime solved nothing, so the game went to a shootout. Both goalies stopped the first three shots. After Hartigan blocked Skinner on a good attempt, Andy Smith (Rosetown, Sask.) scored the shootout winner through the five hole of Daniels. Daniels made 27 saves on the night on 30 shots while Hartigan turned aside 29 of 32 shots for the victory.

"Not really," was the comment made by coach GREG PUHALSKI following the loss when asked about how happy he was about the game. He continued with "I was pleased about the third, down three nothing going into the third and getting one point is something positive. We had better energy, we didn't skate in the first two periods."

The Hawks next game is away on Friday, November 12 against Windsor. 
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