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Lions rally in third period to defeat Hawks
Laurier: 3 York: 4

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WATERLOO, Ont. (December 1, 2012) - The York Lions scored two third period goals as they rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's hockey team 4-3 on Saturday night at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

For the Hawks, they fall to 5-9-2 on the season thanks to their fourth straight loss heading into the holiday break. The Lions improve to 9-7-0 with the win.

"It was a close game, we were winning 3-2 [going into the third] when we could have easily been up four or five to two," commented head coach GREG PUHALSKI after the game. "Our powerplay was 0-for-8 today, that really was a difference maker. In the end of the game, they scored one powerplay goal and we didnt score any. They talk about special teams being important and tonight, they were."

On a night when Laurier, along with the Alpha Omega sorority, were hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss, the Hawks got the fans excited and the bears on the ice just 49 seconds into the game. Mitch Lebar of Aurora, Ont., converted a rebound off a 2-on-1 rush for his seventh goal of the season to get the Hawks off to a great start.

Laurier, buoyed by the goal, continued to press the Lions and rookie Greg Cerilli of Barrie, Ont., extended the lead to two just three minutes later with his seventh of the year. The Hawks would maintain their strong play for the period and take a 2-0 lead into the dressing room.

In the second, the Lions clawed their way back into the game. First, Michael Santini of Woodbridge, Ont., cut the lead to one. After a Mitchell Good (Wellesley, Ont.) tally restored the Hawks two-goal edge, Paul Sohor of East St. Paul, Minn., rallied the Lions again as they trailed 3-2 going into the final period.

York picked up their play midway through the third period and tied the game after John de Gray of Markham, Ont., finished off a wild goal-mouth scramble by deflecting a shot past Lauriers Ryan Daniels of Pickering, Ont. The Lions completed the comeback with under three minutes to play when Jordan Forfar of Sutton, Ont., scored his fifth goal of the year on a powerplay, giving him a three point night.

Andrew Perugini of King City, Ont., got the win in net for York as he stopped 29 shots. Daniels finished with game with 31 saves for the Golden Hawks.

The Hawks will now break for the next month and return to action on January 3 when they host the Waterloo Warriors at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
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