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Laurier claims their third Waterloo Tournament title (Photo Credit: Adam Gagnon)
Laurier claims their third Waterloo Tournament title (Photo Credit: Adam Gagnon)
Lady Hawks Win Waterloo Christmas Tournament
Laurier: 4 KW Rangers - Waterloo Tournament: 0
WATERLOO, Ont. - The Golden Hawks defeated the London Devillettes 5-1 to win the Christmas Hockey Waterloo Tournament for the third year in a row at the CIF Arena. The tournament began on December 28 as Laurier went undefeated into the final game on December 30 where the Hawks scored four goals in the third to put the game out of reach.

Heading into the final game, both teams were undefeated as London saw victories over the Waterloo Warriors, Etobicoke, and an upset over the Brampton Thunder in the semifinals. In what was a very tight game, the London Devillettes were out shot by the Hawks 42-20 but tied 1-1 after two periods. Laurier exploded for four goals in the third period from Devon Skeats (Whitby, Ont.), Alannah Wakefield (Pickering, Ont.) and two from Heather Fortuna (Kitchener, Ont.). Getting the victory in goal for Laurier was Kristen Kilgallen (Guelph, Ont.).

Head coach RICK OSBORNE commented on the play of his team for the final game and his direction for the second half of the season. "For the final game, we had our playoff lineup in with the exception of Knox. Our goal for the season is to get faster and quicker, and we got better day by day. The final game was one of the higher paced games of the year. I was really pleased."

With a 2-0 win in the semifinals over the KW Junior Rangers, the Hawks would play their second game on Thursday against London for the championship. Liz Knox got her second shutout of the tournament as she shutout the Rangers in Laurier's first game in what was a 4-0 victory.

The Hawks second round robin game was against the Brampton Thunder for their second game of the day. RICK OSBORNE remarked on the importance of leadership from his veterans, especially from Abby Rainsberry (Petrolia, Ont.) in the dressing room. "We got veteran leadership from Katherine Shirriff (Carrying Place, Ont.) and rookie Laura Brooker (Fergus, Ont.) who each scored a shorthanded goal after being down 4-2 with ten minutes left. They played well for the team while everyone played on fumes." Katherine Shirriff scored the overtime winner for a 5-4 Laurier victory. RICK OSBORNE continued with the play of Kilgallen, "she had a bit of trouble around the net. Three goals were power play markers that came off of rebounds.”

The Hawks started their tournament off with a 4-0 round robin victory against the KW Junior Rangers. Andrea Shapero (Toronto) scored the game winning goal on the power play.

Laurier will have a couple of days off as RICK OSBORNE wants his team to be ready for games against UOIT and Queen's. The first game back is at home against UOIT on Friday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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