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This Week in Laurier Athletics
WATERLOO, Ont. (February 5, 2014) - Welcome to the 18th edition of This Week in Laurier Athletics for the 2013-14 season. In this week's edition, we look ahead to men's hockey's final games of 2013-14, and also preview women's hockey playoffs and the OUA Curling Championships.

FEATURED GAME: M Hockey vs UOIT (Saturday, Feb. 15 - 7:30 p.m.)

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's hockey team will close out their 2013-14 season on home ice on Saturday night when they host the UOIT Ridgebacks.

For the Hawks, they will play their final game of the year after being eliminated from playoff contention last week. However, despite the tough season, Laurier will be looking to end the year on a high note with a victory over UOIT.

For a couple of Laurier players, tonight's game will represent the final chance to round out what have been impressive individual seasons. Second year forward Derek Schoenmakers of Kitchener, Ont., enters play this week tied for 10th in conference goal scoring with 15 goals. He currently trails three players tied for second place by three goals and a strong week should guarantee a Top 10 finish for the Laurier sniper.

In goal, rookie netminder Vinny Merante of Niagara Falls, N.Y., will look to close out what has been a very strong freshman campaign. The Hawks goalie is currently sixth overall in the OUA in save percentage at 0.923 and second best among rookies. His 2.82 goals against average is also fourth best among rookies and a solid week should help secure a possible rookie team nomination.

Following the game, the Hawks will be hosting their annual Autograph Day as they will be signing autographs for their fans around the track of the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

PLAYOFF ACTION
Women's Hockey vs UOIT - Game 1 (Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 7:30 p.m.)
Webcast: Hawk TV
Quick Hits - The Golden Hawks and Ridgebacks meet for the first time in the OUA playoffs in the quarter-finals this week...Laurier swept the season series from UOIT, winning 5-4 on the road and 6-0 on home ice...team captain Laura Brooker of Fergus, Ont., led all Laurier scorers against the Ridgebacks this season with two goals and four assists in their two meetings

Curling at OUA Championships, at Guelph Curling Club (Thursday, Feb. 13 - Monday, Feb. 17)
Quick Hits - Both Lauriers men's and women's teams will be looking to return to the top of the podium this week at the OUA Curling Championships, hosted by the Windsor Lancers at the Guelph Curling Club...both teams will play six round robin games with the top two teams in each pool advancing to playoff action on Monday, February 17...the Laurier women are coming off a first place finish at the Brock Invitational in January while the men were third 

Women's Hockey at UOIT - Game 2 (Saturday, Feb. 15 - 7:30 p.m.)

Women's Hockey vs UOIT - Game 3* (Sunday, Feb. 16 - 7:30 p.m.)
Webcast: Hawk TV
* If Necessary

HOME SWEET HOME
Men's Hockey vs Brock (Thursday, Feb. 13 - 7:30 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks and Badgers meet for the second and final time this season in regular season play...Laurier lost the first game in overtime 3-2 on the road...goalie Duncan Long of Brantford, Ont., was strong in defeat for the Hawks as he stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced

ROAD WARRIORS
Women's Basketball at McMaster (Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 6 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks and Marauders meet on the court for the second and final time this season...earlier this year at the Athletic Complex, the purple and gold edged McMaster 70-69 thanks to a game-winning free throw by Lee Anna Osei of Toronto...Laura Doyle of Guelph, Ont., and NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, were also key contributors to the win as they posted 13 and 12 points respectively

Men's Basketball at McMaster (Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 8 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks will be in tough as they close out their final week of the regular season with a trip to Hamilton to face the No. 6 McMaster Marauders...earlier this season, Laurier suffered an 87-69 loss at the hands of the Marauders...Matthew Chesson of Whitby, Ont., had one of his best games of the season in that contest as he put up 12 points and 13 rebounds

Women's Basketball at Western (Saturday, Feb. 15 - 1 p.m.)
Webcast: Mustangs TV
Quick Hits - Laurier will look to wrap up second place in the OUA West division and a first round playoff bye when they take on the Mustangs on Saturday...despite a victory over Western earlier this season, the one-point win means Laurier must sweep the season series from the Mustangs in order to match their highest-ever finish in the OUA West standings...Laurier tied for second place in the West back in 2002-03...Doreen Bonsu of Oakville, Ont., led the Hawks in their earlier win against Western, scoring a season-best 19 points

Men's Basketball at Western (Saturday, Feb. 15 - 3 p.m.)
Webcast: Mustangs TV
Quick Hits - In another critical showdown between the Hawks and Mustangs, the two teams will square off for third place in the OUA West...Laurier needs a 13-point victory against Western in order to guarantee themselves the higher seed heading into the playoffs...the purple and gold lost the first meeting between the two teams when Western posted an 81-69 victory
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