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Ryan Daniels turned aside 42 shots in 82 minutes of play.
Ryan Daniels turned aside 42 shots in 82 minutes of play.
Hawks Force Game 3 With 2-1 Win Over UOIT
Laurier: 2 OUA Playoffs - UOIT (Game 2 of 3): 1

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OSHAWA, Ont. - Matthew Reid (Markham, Ont.) scored a beautiful goal sliding on his knees in the second overtime period to give the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks a 2-1 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks. The game winner sends the series back to Waterloo for the third and final game.

"We played better than last night," said head coach GREG PUHALSKI. "However, there is still room for improvement on Sunday. We need to play our best game of the year."

After a quiet first period, the Ridgebacks got on the board quickly in the second as Jeremy Whelan (Pickering, Ont.) scored 48 seconds in. His breakaway marker is his second goal in as many games. Not to be outdone, Zach Woolford (Rockwood, Ont.) notched his second as well repeating the regulation scorers from game one.

Near the end of the third period, the Ridgebacks forwards moved into the Laurier zone shorthanded. The pressure caused Phil Magistrale (Tsawwassen, B.C.) to negate the power play with a tripping penalty. Ryan Daniels would make a great save on the play to keep his Hawks in the game with just over five and a half minutes to play in regulation.

Minutes later, the Ridgebacks defence would have a mental lapse with a bad clearing attempt. Ryan Bellows (St. Catharines, Ont.) scooped up the loose puck but crashed hard into the net on the scoring chance. In what was another goaltender showdown, Jason Guy (Whitby, Ont.) closed the door after allowing the goal midway through the second. He turned aside 33 shots in regulation to force overtime.

The first overtime period provided good scoring opportunities for both teams, getting five shots each in the ten minute frame. Unable to find the back of the net, a second overtime was needed to solve the strong play of both netminders.

After three quick shots in the first two minutes by the UOIT Ridgebacks, Laurier found the answer to Jason Guy. The Hawks' Garrett Sinfield (London, Ont.) raced hard for a loose puck feeding rookie Matthew Reid who scored his first career playoff goal on the semi-breakaway through the five-hole of Guy.

Jason Guy made 37 saves on 39 shots in 82:19 of play. Golden Hawk Ryan Daniels records his first career OUA playoff victory turning aside 42 of 43 shots.

Puhalski continued with the improvements needed for the decisive game of the series, "We need to eliminate turnovers and have more puck possession in the offensive zone."

The Hawks will try and do just that at home on Sunday, February 20th. The match begins at 7:30 p.m.
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