Laurier: 1 OUA Semifinal - Queen's (Game 2 of 3): 2
KINGSTON, Ont. - The Queen's Gaels upset the number two nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks with a 2-1 victory in double overtime. The loss eliminates the Hawks from the playoffs, ending their seven year OUA title run. The Gaels move onto the championship to face the winner of Guelph versus Brock. The Gryphons are leading the series 1-0.
In the same sequence as game one, the Hawks got on the board first with a goal from Paula Lagamba
(Toronto). That is all Laurier would get by Mell Dodd-Moher (Stittsville, Ont.) who blocked 24 of 25 shots in 87:31 minutes of play. Laurier head coach RICK OSBORNE
remarked about the play of the Gaels netminder, "She's a pretty good goaltender. She played steady and solid". She turned aside 66 of 68 shots in the series receiving first star honours for the game.
The Gaels Shawna Griffin (Redwood Meadows, Alt.) tied the game at one with ten minutes remaining in the third. Like game one, the stellar play of both goaltenders sent the match into overtime.
The Hawks would outshoot their opponent 5-3 in the extra frame. "We felt pretty good after the first overtime," said RICK OSBORNE
"We had some good opportunities.: The game would need a second overtime to find a victor.
Queen's Brittany McHaffie (Guelph, Ont.) took a shot from the goal line that took a weird bounce off the leg of Liz Knox
(Stouffville, Ont.) and in at 2:29. The Laurier netminder still had very impressive statistics in the series recording a .927 save percentage and a 1.49 goals against average after making 23 saves in the loss. This would be her first year in her five at Laurier not recording a win in the post-season.
The Hawks lack of offence was not from a lack of effort. Rolling all four lines, they could not find the back of the net. As Laurier is hosting the nationals, the Golden Hawks automatically qualify.
"The game is a real character building experience for nationals." mentioned RICK OSBORNE
who was confident in his team to compete and go for gold in the nationals.
The Hawks will try to do just that using their unused game time on Sunday to practice for the CIS Championships. They will play their next game on Thursday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.