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Jessie Hurrell and the Hawks will look to knock off the top team in the country this week (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
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WHKY goes for second straight upset vs Guelph

SERIES SCHEDULE (#1 Guelph vs #7 Laurier)
Game 1 - Wednesday, March 2 - 7:30 p.m. - Gryphon Centre Arena, Guelph
Game 2 - Friday, March 4 - 7:30 p.m. - Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo
Game 3 - Sunday, March 6 - 2 p.m. - Gryphon Centre Arena, Guelph*
*If Necessary

Tickets: Games 1 & 3 - gryphons.ca or at the door, Game 2 - tickets.laurierathletics.com or at the door
Live Webcast: All games on OUA.tv
Live Audiocast: Game 2 on RadioLaurier.com

THE SKINNY
After completing their upset of the No. 4 Toronto Varsity Blues in the OUA Quarter-finals, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will look to pull off the feat once again as they take on the No. 1 Guelph Gryphons in the OUA Semifinals beginning Wednesday night.

SEASON SERIES
- the Hawks and Gryphons met twice this season with the two teams splitting the meetings as each team won on home ice
- in their first meeting, Laurier, just one of three teams to defeat the Gryphons during the regular season, earned a 2-0 shutout win
- the Hawks return engagement against the Gryphons in January did not go quite as well as Guelph earned a 3-0 win on home ice

LAST PLAYOFF MEETING
- Laurier and Guelph are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season
- the Hawks and Gryphons squared off in the OUA Championship series that season with Laurier winning the banner in a two-game sweep

LAURIER KEYS TO THE SERIES
1. Net Presence
- going up against the top goaltender in the OUA this season, the Hawks will need to make life difficult for Valerie Lamenta by creating traffic in front of her crease
- three of the five goals Laurier scored against Toronto were due largely to their ability to drive the net and they will need to continue that against the Gryphons

2. Goaltending
- while Lamenta was one of the top goaltenders during the regular season, the Hawks Amanda Smith (Burlington, Ont.) was arguably the best during the first round of the playoffs posting a 0.98 GAA and a 0.959 SV%
- head coach RICK OSBORNE will need a similar performance from his third year netminder against a Gryphons team that led the conference in goals this year with 78

3. Rolling Four Lines
- one of the keys to Laurier’s first round upset was their ability to wear down the Varsity Blues by rolling four lines for most of the games
- look for Osborne to deploy a similar strategy against Guelph, a team that also went the distance in their opening round series, in an attempt to wear them down

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 

F Dollee Meigs (Owen Sound, Ont.)
- the third year forward had a great opening round for the Hawks as she scored a pair of goals, including the series winner in triple overtime
- Meigs now has four career playoff goals with all four coming in Laurier’s last seven postseason contests

F Robyn Degagne (North Bay, Ont.)
- the fourth year forward was another instrumental player for Laurier in the opening round as she posted a team-high three points in three games
- Degagne scored the Hawks first goal of the series in Game 1 against Toronto before assisting on the overtime goals in both Game 2 and 3

Guelph Gryphons - No. 1 in Canada

F Christine Grant (Mississauga, Ont.)
- the fourth year forward had an outstanding opening round for the Gryphons as she scored twice and added three assists in Guelph’s three-game series win over Laurentian

F Jessica Pinkerton (Oshawa, Ont.)
- the fifth year forward matched her teammate by recording five points in three games for Guelph against the Voyageurs

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