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Offence explodes as Hawks defeat Ryerson
Laurier: 11 Ryerson: 0

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WATERLOO, Ont. (December 2, 2011) - The No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (12-0-1) got goals from eight different players as they defeated the Ryerson Rams (1-15-0) by a score of 11-0 on Friday night at the Waterloo Memorial Recreational Complex.

The 11 goals matches a team record for most goals in a game tying the mark that was set on two previous occasions.

Laurier's offensive prowess was on display from the opening faceoff as the team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first period. The Hawks would stretch their lead to six after two periods of play before netting give more goals in the final period to round out the scoring.

In total, 14 different players had at least one point in game with Devon Skeats of Whitby, Ont., Laura Brooker of Fergus, Ont., and Caitlin Muirhead of Waterloo, Ont., leading the way with three points each.

"I was really happy with the team's play tonight because our focus was on technical skills and habits coming into this game," commented Head Coach RICK OSBORNE following the win. "I think our habits stayed strong right to the end."

The game was also a milestone for two Laurier rookies as Jessie Hurrell of Palgrave, Ont., and Haley Baxter of Waterloo, Ont., both notched their first career OUA goals in the victory.

"I was really happy for Hurrell and Baxter," continued Osborne. "Hurrell came in injured (to training camp) and Baxter has been working so hard right through the summer and was quite the surprise at training camp. They're working so hard to make the transition from junior hockey to the OUA."

Another rookie also continued to shine for the Hawks as netminder Erika Thunder of Buffalo Point, Man., won her fifth straight game, making all 12 saves to earn her second shutout of the season.

Laurier will now get a day off on Saturday before hosting the Toronto Varsity Blues in their final game of 2011 on Sunday evening. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

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