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Hawks Grounded By Gaels in Game 1
Laurier: 1 OUA Semifinal - Queen's (Game 1 of 3): 2

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WATERLOO, Ont. - The Queen's Gaels took game one of the best three series as Brittany McHaffie (Guelph, Ont.) scored in double overtime to defeat the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 2-1.

With a first round bye, Laurier got their first taste of playoff action this year against the red hot Gaels. After finishing the season with an 8-2 record, the Queen's Gaels defeated Windsor 2-1 on Saturday for a berth in the semifinals.

Laurier head coach RICK OSBORNE was asked about how he felt about his opponents, "Queen's came out pretty hard. We did not play well in the first period. They did a good job of stopping what we wanted to do, you've got to give them full credit for that."

It would be the Hawks who got on the board first with Brittany Crago's (Stouffville, Ont.) first career playoff goal at 14:10.

RICK OSBORNE talked about some of the game's larger turning points. Trying to get a two goal lead, the Hawks saw the first turning point with a goal from Morgan McHaffie (Guelph,Ont.) of Queen's. Minutes later Laurier could not capitalize on a five-on-three power play. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the night. At the end of the second period, Laura Brooker (Fergus, Ont.) had a penalty shot but was stopped.

Rick commented on his feelings of the state of the game, "They found some new energy. We had to use three lines tonight as our fourth had some trouble keeping up."

After being outshot 27-15 in the first two periods, the Gaels came out strong in the third, outshooting the Hawks 11-5. The great play of both goaltenders sent the game into overtime. Unable to find the back of the net, a second overtime was needed.

Brittany McHaffie and Morgan McHaeffie would unite again for the game winner as the Gaels would take game one 2-1.

Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) turned aside 28 of 30 shots in 73:24 minutes of play. Mel Dodd-Moher would pick up the win turning aside 40 of 41.

The Hawks lost home ice advantage and will travel to the Memorial Centre in Kingston on Friday, February 25 for game two of the series. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m.
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