Laurier: 6 York: 1
WATERLOO, Ont. - Despite being on a short roster, the Hawks overwhelmed the York Lions 6-1. With the win, the Hawks pad their division lead with a record of 10-1 while the Lions fall to 3-8.
In the first, as the Lions took two penalties seconds apart to give the Hawks two minutes of 5-on-3. With good puck movement at the point, Sydney McMurter (Orilla, Ont.) made some big saves to keep her team in the game. She had a very busy night blocking 41 of 47 shots. Seconds after the power play ended, Laurier's Vanessa Schabker (Etobicoke, Ont.) scored off a rebound from a shot from the point.Laura Brooker
(Fergus, Ont.) scored a beautiful short-handed marker just before the end of the period. On a two-on-one, Katherine Shirriff
(Carrying Place, Ont.) passed the puck through a defender to the other side of the slot to Brooker who roofed a backhand over the shoulder of McMurter. Despite some heavy defensive presence, Brooker was able to get a clean shot away. When asked about that defensive presence, she responded with, “I didn’t even notice it.”Alannah Wakefield
(Pickering, Ont.) blasted a shot from the point that beat McMurter blocker side for her third of the year. Head coach RICK OSBORNE
commented on Laurier's three goal lead after the game, "the third goal really changed the mood. We did not want to be one bounce away to a one goal game."
Working the puck behind the net in the third, Heather Fortuna
(Kitchener, Ont.) made a slick pass in front to Paula Lagamba
(Toronto) who scored through the five hole of McMurter. With a delayed penalty, Liz Knox
(Stouffville, Ont.) skated off to give the Hawks a sixth skater that saw Erin Weber
(North Bay, Ont.) score her first of the year.
The Lion's Kristie Wilson (Hamilton, Ont.) broke the shutout after a scramble in front as she was able to put the puck over Knox. Knox finished the night with 28 saves on 29 shots. The lone goal was one of few bright spots for the Lions who went 0-for-7 on the power play to the Hawks 1-for-8. RICK OSBORNE
remarked on the Hawks special team roster, “Our top six penalty killers were out of the lineup, but our special teams didn’t skip a beat.”Caitlin Muirhead
(Waterloo, Ont.) took a pass from the corner and wristed a shot over the left shoulder of McMurter for a 6-1 final.
The Hawks next game is on Saturday, November 20 against Queen’s. The game is at the Memorial Centre in Kingston at 8:30pm.