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Rookie Kaitlyn Hatzes and the Hawks will open the week at Ryerson in their second meeting of the year (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
Rookie Kaitlyn Hatzes and the Hawks will open the week at Ryerson in their second meeting of the year (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
WHKY wraps up regular season this week

Game Dates/Times: Thursday, February 18 - 7:30 p.m. (Ryerson) & Saturday, February 20 - 7:30 p.m. (Queen’s)
Game Locations: Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto (Ryerson) & RIM Park, Waterloo (Queen’s)
Live Webcasts: OUA.tv (Ryerson), N/A/ (Queen’s)
Tickets: ticketmaster.ca or at the door (Ryerson), tickets.laurierathletics.com or at the door (Queen’s)

THE SKINNY
With the regular season wrapping up this week, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (11-2-8-2) hit the road to take on the Ryerson Rams (3-0-17-2) on Thursday night before they will recognize their graduating seniors on Saturday night in their final home game against the Queen’s Gaels (11-2-7-2).

FAN INFORMATION
- fans are reminded that with the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships taking over the Waterloo Recreation Complex, Saturday's home game will be played at RIM Park
- head coach RICK OSBORNE will recognize five graduating seniors prior to Saturday's game including co-captains Blair Connelly and Haley Baxter, Jessie Hurrell, Erika Kiviaho and Robyn Degagne

NEED TO KNOW
- the Hawks have the ability to finish anywhere from fifth to seventh in the conference entering the final weekend of regular season action
- to finish fifth, Laurier will need to pick up victories over both Ryerson and Queen’s in regulation
- Laurier lost their only game of the week last week as they fell 2-1 in overtime to the No. 4 Toronto Varsity Blues, the second straight game they took a nationally-ranked team to overtime
- Ryerson has enjoyed their best stretch of hockey of the season over the past two weeks as they have points in two of their last three contests
- the Gaels, on the other hand, have struggled since the New Year, losing five times while picking up just three regulation wins
- one of those wins, however, came against Laurier as Queen’s won 5-2 at home back in mid-January
- Laurier’s only other meeting with Ryerson saw the Hawks pick up a narrow 1-0 win at home back in November

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (11-2-8-2)

F Robyn Degagne (North Bay, Ont.)
- one of five seniors being recognized at Saturday’s season finale, the fourth year forward is one goal away from matching her career high after scoring the Hawks lone goal against Toronto last weekend
- sitting at five goals this year, Degagne could match her rookie season total of six with a goal in the Hawks final two contests

F Jessie Hurrell (Palgrave, Ont.)
- another one of the graduating seniors for the Hawks, the fifth year forward reached the 20-point plateau for the second straight season with an assist in the loss to Toronto last week
- with one more assist this weekend, Hurrell will become the 13th player in team history to record 50 assists in a career

Ryerson Rams (3-0-17-2)

F Emma Rutherford (Kanata, Ont.)
- one of the bright spots in a tough year for Ryerson, the fourth year forward has a team-high seven goals this season, accounting for 25 percent of her team’s offence

D Stephanie Chiste (Nobleton, Ont.)
- a consistent producer from the blueline for the Rams over her career, the fourth year defenceman has two goals and four assists this season

Queen’s Gaels (11-2-7-2)

F Katrina Manoukarakis (Scarborough, Ont.)
- the rookie forward has been one of the top players in the conference this year as she has 14 goals and nine assists in 22 games

G Caitlyn Lahonen (Saskatoon, Sask.)
- in her final season in the OUA, the fifth year netminder has been a workhorse for the Queen’s, starting all 22 of their games while recording a 1.44 goals against average and a 0.949 save percentage

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