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Patrick Chore forced the game to overtime on Saturday with his first of the season (Credit: Maria Abramov)<br>
Patrick Chore forced the game to overtime on Saturday with his first of the season (Credit: Maria Abramov)
MHKY outlast Lakehead in shootout
Laurier: 2 LAKEHEAD: 1

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WATERLOO, Ont. (October 15, 2017) – While Friday night was all about the offence when the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team squared off against the Lakehead Thunderwolves, Saturday night was a much different affair. Goaltenders Chris Festarini (Oakville, Ont.) and Nic Renyard (Victoria, B.C.) dueled for the majority of the night, with the Hawks needing some late heroics in the shootout to escape with a 2-1 victory at the Waterloo Rec Complex.

The furious pace from Friday night carried over into Saturday, with both teams trading shots back and forth, the Hawks (2-0-0) edging the Thunderwolves (0-1-1) 47-42 in that category on the night. The goaltenders made sure they were ready for that heavy workload this time around, with both having brilliant nights between the pipes. Festarini stopped 41 of 42 for the purple and gold while Renyard was just as good for Lakehead, turning away 46 of 47.

The first period saw no scoring from either side, but defenceman Jake Ringuette (Goderich, Ont.) put the Thunderwolves ahead near the end of the second, a lead that Lakehead would hold into the break.

Struggling for answers as to how to solve Renyard, Lakehead gifted Laurier their first power play of the evening early in the third and the Hawks made them pay. Patrick Chore (Kelowna, B.C.) was the man to equalize for the purple and gold, his first of the season.

The Hawks power play has been a point of strength over their first two games, connecting on three out of four occasions, an efficient 75 percent clip.

Both teams had opportunities to score the winner late in regulation, but could not so they were off to overtime. The Hawks controlled proceedings in the overtime period, outshooting Lakehead 8-0, but could not find a way past Renyard. Therefore, it was off to the ever-dramatic shootout.

Newcomer Anthony Sorrentino (Woodbridge, Ont.) was up first for the purple and gold, and he made sure to make a big impact for his new team, beating Renyard to open the shootout. After Festarini turned aside the first two shooters for Lakehead, veteran Andrew Fritsch (Brantford, Ont.) sealed the win and opening weekend sweep for Laurier.

With two wins in the bank, up next for the Hawks is a trip north next weekend. First up will be a tilt against the Nipissing Lakers (0-1-1) at the Memorial Gardens in North Bay. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on OUA.tv.
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