Alex Annecchiarico scores his first career goal with the Hawks against Western on Saturday (Credit: Charity Matheson)
Laurier: 3 WESTERN: 2
WATERLOO, Ont. (November 19, 2017) – On Saturday night, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team hit the ice and captured a 3-2 win over the Western Mustangs to move into a tie for first place in the OUA West Division.
Right off the draw, Western tried to pressure the Hawks to give up the puck. This was short lived as defenceman Alex Annecchiarico
(Richmond Hill, Ont.) put the first tally on the scoreboard for Laurier. The goal was the first as a member of the purple and gold for Annecchiarico.
Heading into the second frame, Danny Hanlon
(Waterloo, Ont.) scored a well-structured wrister furthering the Hawks lead. The Mustangs responded before the period was out as Cody Brown (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) opened the scoring for the Mustangs bringing the score to 2-1.
Minutes into the third, Andrew Fritsch
(Brantford, Ont.) scored a power play goal off a pass from Brandon Robinson
(Pickering, Ont.), who had two assists on the night.
Although Mitchell Fitzmorris (Ingersoll, Ont.) added another for Western, the Mustangs were not able to complete the comeback and the Hawks came away with their eighth win of the year.
Fritsch's, whose goal proved to be the game winner, also added an assist to give the Hawks' leading scorer from a year ago six points in his last seven games after a slow start.Colin Furlong
(Cambridge, Ont.) denied 25 shots in goal for Laurier to pick up the victory, his third of the year.
Zach Springer (Kingston, Ont.) stopped 32 shots in a losing effort for Western.
With the win, the Hawks earn improve their record to 8-2-2 on the season and move up to tie for first place in the OUA West standings with 18 points. Conversely, the Mustangs now sit in last place with a 3-8-1 record.
Next up for the Hawks is a date with the Concordia Stingers (8-2-2) on Friday, November 24 followed by a match against McGill (12-2-0) on Saturday, November 25. Both games will get underway at 7:07 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.- Written by Meghan Daniels