WATERLOO, Ont. - The Laurier Golden Hawks finish their semester on a high note as they defeated the York Lions 4-1. In what became a very chippy contest, the Hawks pick up their tenth point out of a possible twelve while the Lions have lost three straight.
The game looked bright for the Lions in the first as they were out-shooting their opponents. In the middle of some good scoring chances Lions forward Cassidy Preston (North Bay, Ont.) missed an open net off of a rebound from a sharp angle. It turned worse for the Lions as their defenseman collided, allowing a breakaway for Mitchell Good
(Wellesley, Ont.). David Blair (Ajax, Ont.) stopped the first shot, but could not stop the rebound as Jean-Michel Rizk
(Dunham, Que) scored his tenth of the season. As the goal was being announced, the Hawks Colin Williams
(Orangeville, Ont.) added another for a two goal lead after one.
Sixteen seconds into the second period, Riley Brand (Bradford, Ont.) made a cross ice pass to Jesse Messier (Keswick, Ont.) who made no mistake for his sixth of the year. It would be the only blemish of the night for Ryan Daniels
(Pickering, Ont.) who made 35 saves on 36 shots for a great weekend, picking up two 4-1 victories. Commenting on how his team has been outshot in those two games, "It's not the number of shots, it is the percentage where they come from. Our defence did a pretty bang up job."
The Hawks Mitchell Good
banged in the puck off a rebound on the power play for his third of the year. Good finished the night with one goal and two assists which is a career high for points. Teammate Matthew Reid
(Markham, Ont.) tapped in a pass from behind the net for a three goal lead going into the third.
As both teams were unable to score in the third, on came the rough stuff. The Hawks took seven minor penalties in the game but the Lions were unable to capitalize going 0-for-7. The Hawks went 1-for 4-in the game. The Lions goaltender David Blair turned aside 24 of 28 shots in the loss.
Golden Hawks head coach GREG PUHALSKI
commented on the season going into the second half of the season. "With five weeks off, you've got to stay in shape. It is a great chance to get in shape. That is really what separates the men from the boys."
The Hawks next game is at home on January 6 against Brock. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.