Colin Williams scored the shootout winner. (Photo Credit: Thomas Kolodziej)
WATERLOO, Ont. - Colin Williams
from Orangeville, Ont. scored the shootout winner to lift the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to a 5-4 decision over the Brock Badgers. It was Laurier's first win in the shootout this season. The Hawks improve to second place in the OUA West at 10-4-4 while the Badgers fall to 7-5-6.
In the first period Laurier jumped out to a 2-0 lead. After a turnover in the Laurier end, Mitchell Good
(Wellesley, Ont.) broke out quickly out, made a move to the left side of a Brock defenseman and hit Mike Gauthier (North Vancouver, B.C.) with the pass who made no mistake for his third of the year. Mitchell Good
gave Laurier a 2-0 advantage while Laurier was on the power play.
The Badgers Jordan Gignac (Hamilton, Ont.) tipped in a point shot by Kevin Christmas (Hamilton, Ont.) a minute and a half into the second period to cut the deficit to one. The Hawks scored another power play marker as Jean-Michel Rizk
(Dunham, Que.) banged in a rebound for his eleventh of the year. Matt Abercrombie (Sarnia, Ont.) responded just over a minute later scoring into an empty net as Ryan Daniels
(Pickering, Ont.) lost the puck behind the net. Daniels finished the game with 32 saves on 36 shots while Kurt Jory (Brandon, MB) turned aside 29 of 33 shots.
The Badgers Adam Schwark (Saskatoon, Sask.) took a pass from the corner and snapped the puck over the left shoulder of Ryan Daniels
. Brock took the lead with a rebound goal from Derek Brochu (Welland, Ont.). Ryan Bellows
(St.Catharines, Ont.) tied the game up less than twenty seconds later. Laurier head coach GREG PUHALSKI
commented on the tying goal, "The tying goal showed some character." The goal brought the game into overtime. Overtime solved nothing, and so the game went into a shootout.Ryan Daniels
stopped five rounds of the shootout, while Kurt Jory stopped the first four rounds, but was beaten five-hole by Colin Williams
for a 5-4 Laurier win.Jean-Michel Rizk
commented on Laurier's first win after going 0-4 in overtime and shootouts, "Coach has been on our case. It's good to get a greasy goal." GREG PUHALSKI
commented on their next game against Western, "We are going into Saturday's game with a defensive mindset. We've got to be ready at the first drop of the puck."
Laurier will play the no. four ranked Western Mustangs on Saturday, January 8th . The match will be played at Thompson Arena in London at 7:30 p.m.