Laurier: 1 OUA Playoffs - UOIT (Game 1 of 3): 2
WATERLOO, Ont. - It what was a goaltending duel with the Ridgebacks getting the better of the Golden Hawks, winning 2-1 in overtime. UOIT takes the first game of the best of three series.
"We played a little better the second half," said head coach GREG PUHALSKI
. "It was not a good enough effort for us to win."
The Ridgebacks put the pressure on early as they outshot the Hawks 15-8 in the first period. Ryan Daniels
(Pickering, Ont.) would stand his ground with five minutes left with an impressive sprawling save as all three UOIT forwards crashed the net. He would have a busy night turning aside 35 of 37 shots.
The Hawks would get a scare in the second as Mitchell Good
(Wellesley, Ont.) fell hard into the boards. He was slow to get up but did not miss a shift. He finished the game with one assist.
The Ridgebacks got on the board in the third as Jeremy Whelan (Pickering, Ont.) backhanded the puck over a screened Ryan Daniels
. The Hawks would try to find the equalizer on the next shift but Ryan Bellows
(St. Catharines, Ont.) wristed the puck right over the bar.
Laurier tied the game on the power play as Mitchell Good
attempted to split two UOIT defensemen and Alexander Poulter
(Broomfield, Co.) picked up the loose puck and shot it on net. Jason Guy (Whitby, Ont.) made the first save but could not stop the rebound as Zack Woolford
(Rockwood, Ont.) banged it home. With more great goaltending, this game went into overtime.
In what seemed like an innocent play, Kyle Wetering (Pickering, Ont.) scored the game winner after a scramble in front. After a 10-10 season with a .903 save percentage, Jason Guy made 28 of 29 shots in the win.
The Hawks went one-for-one on the power play while the Ridgebacks went zero for two.
The second game of the series is on Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks are on the road playing at the Campus Ice Centre in Oshawa.