WATERLOO, Ont. - The Laurier Golden Hawks rallied back from a 3-0 deficit but lost in overtime to the no. 4 ranked Mustangs. Western increases their OUA West lead to eight points with a 17-1-3 record while the Hawks fall to 12-5-5.
The first period was dominated by the Mustangs who out shot the Hawks 15-10 and had a two goal lead after one. Josh McQuade (Grimsby, Ont.) scored both goals giving him three in seven games.
Kyle Lamb (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) blasted a one-timer top shelf for a 3-0 Mustangs lead. Later in the period, Mitchell Good (Wellesley, Ont.) flew by two Western defensemen, but was robbed on the breakaway by Anthony Greico (Brampton, Ont.). He turned aside 34 of 37 shots to improve to 11-2 on the season.
The play seemed to ignite the Hawks as they scored two goals to finish the period. The first coming from Benjamin Skinner (Markham, Ont.) who faked a slap shot to elude a Western defender, and wristed his sixth of the year five hole. James Marsden (Exeter, Ont.) would set up Zackory Ray (Oakville, Ont.) from behind the net for a 3-2 Mustangs lead after two.
Western would hold onto the lead until five minutes left in the game as Ryan Bernardi (Etobicoke, Ont.) took a cross ice pass, fired it home. The goal would force overtime.
Skating into the Hawk zone on a two-on-one, Kevin Baker (Georgetown, Ont.) made a great saucer pass to Yashar Farmanara (West Vancouver, B.C.) who buried the game winner past Ryan Daniels (Pickering, Ont.). Daniels had another busy night stopping 43 of 47 shots on goal.
Laurier head coach GREG PUHALSKI commented on his team's comeback, "the last half we played much better, there was a sense of urgency. Creating a better fore-check was key for us."
The Hawks next game is on January 21 at the Sleeman Center against Guelph at 7 p.m.