Game Date & Time:
Friday February 3, 2017 @ 4:00 pm (Nipissing) & Saturday February 4, 2017 @ 3:50 pm (Laurentian)Game Locations:
North Bay, Memorial Gardens (Nipissing) & Sudbury, Countryside Arena (Laurentian)Live Webcast: OUA.tv THE LOW DOWN:
The Golden Hawks head into their northern road trip to take on the No. 9 Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs. The Golden Hawks will look to bounce back after losses to both Toronto and Guelph this past weekend.
The Laurentian Voyageurs just had their three game winning streak snapped by the Queen’s Gaels in a shootout. The Voyagers currently sit in the eighth and final playoff and are four points ahead of the ninth place Brock Badgers.
The Nipissing Lakers are the ninth ranked team in the country and currently sit in second place in the OUA standings but are just one spot above Toronto who is in third. Nipissing was also riding a three game winning streak until it was snapped in their last game by Toronto. Nipissing has not played a game in two weeks. NEED TO KNOW:
- The Golden Hawks played the No. 9 Lakers tough the last time out, just falling 3-2 after holding a 2-0 lead during the game.
- The Hawks have struggled against the Voyageurs lately as they are currently on a three game losing streak to Laurentian and haven’t beaten them since January 18, 2015 in a 5-2 win.
- The last meeting between Laurier and Laurentian had the Voyageurs come away with a 5-0 win on November 6, 2016.
- Laurentian currently ranks second in the OUA, averaging 2.84 goals per game. They also rank second in the OUA in shots per game, averaging 28.7 per game.
- Nipissing has allowed the second fewest goals against in the OUA with just 31. Nipissing also ranks second in the OUA in team GAA with a 1.68.
- The Golden Hawks rank first in the OUA in total saves as a team. Collectively the goaltending trio has turned away 570 shots so far this season. PLAYERS TO WATCH:Laurier:
#14 – F – Danielle Wark
The second year Kinesiology major out of Baltimore, Ont., ranks second on the team in total points this season with six, and is tied second on the team in goals with two. In 16 games this season Wark has eight points compared to her rookie season where in 24 games dressed she had two goals and just one assist. Wark currently plays on the Hawks top line and will be looked upon this weekend for offensive production.
# 3 – F – Aynsley Harrison
The rookie forward out of Corunna, Ont., has had a solid rookie season thus far. Notching two goals and four assists in 18 games played, Harrison has only scored in games where the Hawks have come away with victories. It will be imperative to the team’s success moving forward to have Harrison produce offensively, and coach RICK OSBORNE
will look for the young forward to contribute more this weekend. Nipissing:
#19 – F – Bronwyn Bolduc
The third year Nursing major out of Thunder Bay, Ont., currently leads the team in goals with 11 and is second on the team in total points with 15. In Nipissing’s 3-2 win over Laurier back on November 5, 2016, Bolduc had an assist and scored the game winning goal with less than three minutes left. Bolduc is also currently riding a two game goal streak that she will look to continue this weekend.Laurentian:
#25 – F – Samantha Morrell
The fourth year out of Lombardy, Ont., has been a rock in the Voyageurs line up this season. She has scored seven goals and notched four assists so far this season and is one of just four Voyageurs players to have double digit points on the season. Last time out against the Golden Hawks, Morrell was the only player with a multi-point night as she scored two of Laurentian's five goals. Her offence will be vital to the Voyageurs push for playoff positioning.