WATERLOO, Ont. (February 1, 2015) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team honoured their graduating players in the most appropriate way possible on Sunday night as they shutout the Brock Badgers 3-0 at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
After head coach RICK OSBORNE and his coaching staff recognized the eight senior players on his roster before puck drop, his team came out and put forth one of their most dominating efforts of the 2014-15 season.
Laurier (12-5-4) controlled the game from the opening faceoff, outshooting the Badgers 8-2, as they didn’t allow the last-place Badgers (1-15-4) to gain any momentum. The only reason the game remained scoreless was the play of Brock netminder Stephanie Loukes of Oakville, Ont., as she turned aside all eight shots in the opening 20 minutes.
The Hawks strong play continued into the second period as they peppered Loukes with 18 more shots while allowing the Badgers just five. However, it took until the 14-minute mark for the purple and gold to break through. Playing with the man-advantage, it was fifth year forward Tammy Freiburger of Wingham, Ont., who opened the scoring as she put home with ninth goal of the season.
Brock was penalized again shortly after Freiburger’s goal and the Hawks power play went back to work. This time, it was Robyn Degagne of North Bay, Ont., picking up the tally with the extra man as Laurier took a 2-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, the Hawks would strike for the third time in just over four minutes as fourth year defenceman Haley Baxter of Waterloo, Ont., beat Loukes for her third of the season giving Laurier a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Badgers pushed back looking to get back into the game but each time, rookie goaltender Nicholle Kovach of Schomberg, Ont., was there to turn them away. She would make 10 saves in the third and finished the night with 17 to record her second career OUA shutout.
Degagne though was the story on this night as the third year forward added two assists to her second period tally for her first three-point game of the year. Freiburger and Jessie Hurrell of Palgrave, Ont., also had multi-point games with Freiburger finishing with a goal and an assist while Hurrell had two helpers.
Laurier will now close out the regular season with three games on the road beginning Saturday, February 7 against the No. 5 Queen’s Gaels. A victory by the Hawks would be enough to clinch them a playoff spot as they currently sit six points up on ninth place Waterloo and seven points up on 10th place Nipissing.
Puck drop in Kingston on Saturday is set for 3:30 p.m.