WATERLOO, Ont. (January 27, 2015) - Welcome to the 17th edition of This Week in Laurier Athletics for the 2014-15 season. In this week’s edition, we preview both basketball and hockey teams in a busy week of home games around campus.
After two weeks away from their home court, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks return to the Athletic Complex on Wednesday to host their cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors.
In a reversal of the usual schedule, the Golden Hawk men will hit the court first as they host their first School Day game which gets underway at 11 a.m. Laurier will be hoping that a large crowd, with more than 1,500 elementary school children attending the game, will reverse their fortunes as of late. The purple and gold have not won a game so far in 2015 with their last victory coming against the Warriors when the two teams met in November.
Wednesday’s game could potentially have a big impact on the OUA playoff race as the Hawks and Warriors are setting up to battle it out for the third and final playoff spot in the West division. A victory by the Hawks will give them the season series against the Warriors and increase their lead over their crosstown rivals to four points in the standings. However, a win by the Warriors by more than two points would give them the season series and pull them even with the purple and gold.
Fans attending the men’s game are reminded to arrive early as the Athletic Complex will be busier than normal. As well, visitors from off-campus will need to park either on a city street or in one of the pay and display/metered lots.
Meanwhile, the women’s game between the Hawks and Warriors will tipoff at the normal time of 6 p.m. on Wednesday night as the crosstown rivals wrap up their season series.
Recently, the rivalry between the two schools has been decidedly one-sided as the purple and gold have won 12 consecutive games against Waterloo dating back to February 2009. Laurier’s most recent victory was an 87-72 victory on the Warriors home floor back in November.
Now ranked No. 5 in Canada, the Hawks will be shooting for the 12th consecutive victory in conference play this season on Wednesday night. As for Waterloo, they sit just one game back of the Western Mustangs for the third and final playoff spot in the OUA West and will look to pull into a tie with a win.
HOME SWEET HOME
Women’s Hockey vs Guelph (Saturday, January 31 - 2 p.m.)
Quick Hits - In a crucial game for both teams, the Hawks and Gryphons meet at the Rec Complex on Saturday afternoon…Laurier enters the game trailing Guelph by three points for second place in the OUA with the Gryphons holding a game in hand…the Hawks will be looking to avenge a shutout loss to Guelph when the teams first met back in November…following the game, the Hawks will host their annual Autograph Day on the track surrounding the rink at the Rec Complex
Men’s Hockey vs Brock (Saturday, January 31 - 7:30 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The push for the playoffs continues for the purple and gold at home on Saturday as they host the Brock Badgers…the Hawks come into the second last week of the season trailing the Badgers by three points for sixth in the OUA West division…in their final game before the holiday break in December, Brock edged the Hawks 4-3 in St. Catharines, a scoreline Laurier will be hoping to reverse on Saturday night…following the game, the Hawks will host their annual Autograph Day on the track surrounding the rink at the Rec Complex
Women’s Hockey vs Brock (Sunday, February 1 - 7:30 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier will be looking to sweep the season series from the Badgers on Sunday night as they host Brock on Seniors Day…prior to puck drop, head coach RICK OSBORNE and his staff will honour eight potential graduating players…Jessie Hurrell of Palgrave, Ont., stood out in the Hawks first win over Brock this season as she recorded a hat-trick in an 8-4 victory…going up against her sister Melissa Hurell, who plays for the Badgers, Jessie has four goals and one assist in three head-to-head matchups
Men’s Hockey vs York (Thursday, January 29 - 7 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks open the week with another big game as they head to Toronto to battle the Lions…Laurier will be looking to sweep the season series from the Lions after they won 3-1 in Waterloo back in early November…Kyle Morrison of Mississauga, Ont., led the Hawks to that victory as he picked up a goal and an assist…entering the game, the two teams are separated by just three points in the standings
Middle Distance at York Open (Saturday, January 31)
Quick Hits - Laurier will compete in their second meet of the season on Saturday at the York Open…eight Golden Hawks ran at the Don Wright Invitational two weeks ago with two runners posting strong results…Adam Cornwall of St. Mary’s, Ont., won the 3000m event while Sarah Cranmer-Byng of Mississauga, Ont., finished second in the 1000m
Women’s Basketball at Lakehead (Saturday, January 31 - 6 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Two nationally-ranked teams square off in Thunder Bay on Saturday as the Hawks battle the Thunderwolves in their lone meeting of the season…the game will be a stern test for Laurier’s defence as Lakehead’s Jylisa Williams currently leads the CIS in scoring averaging over 27 points per game…last season, Laurier and Lakehead split two meetings in Waterloo with the Hawks earning a 75-65 win before losing 74-47 the next night
Men’s Basketball at Lakehead (Saturday, January 31 - 8 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Golden Hawks wrap up play against the OUA Central division on Saturday night when the take on the Thunderwolves…the purple and gold will be looking for their first win against the division after losing their first three games against McMaster, Guelph and Brock…the Hawks and Thunderwolves split the season series a year ago with Laurier winning 93-88 before dropping a narrow 76-73 decision the following night