The Hawks are surrounded by teddy bears following Anthony Sorrentino's first period goal (Credit: Charity Matheson)
Laurier: 9 WATERLOO: 0
WATERLOO, Ont. (November 30, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team put on their best offensive display in over seven years on Thursday morning as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors 9-0 in their fifth annual School Day Game at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.
Playing in front of 3067 fans, the second-largest crowd to attend the event, the Hawks had eight different goal scorers and 10 players finish with at least two points as they found the back of the net nine times for the first time since posting a 9-2 victory over the RMC Paladins back on November 19, 2010.
Leading the way for the Hawks was rookie forward Anthony Sorrentino
of Woodbridge, Ont., who scored the game’s first goal, and eventual game winner, to send the stuffed animals flying as the team also hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss. Sorrentino would later add an assist on one of two goals scored by defenceman Alex Adams
of Orangeville, Ont., the first two goals of his career with the Hawks since joining the team for the 2015-16 season.
Other goal scorers for the purple and gold in the contest included Matt Franczyk
of Winnipeg, Andrew Fritsch
of Brantford, Ont., Erik Pushka
of Dugald, Man., Christian Mroczkowski
of Kitchener, Ont., Jeremy Pullara
of Vaughan, Ont., and Danny Hanlon
of Waterloo, Ont., as Laurier posted their largest win over the Warriors since a 10-0 victory in 2002.
Pushka also had a pair of assists to finish with three points while Anthony Conti
of North Vancouver, B.C., added three assists.
Goaltender Chris Festarini
of Oakville, Ont., posted the first shutout of his Laurier career as he turned away all 31 shots he faced to help Laurier improve their record to 2-2-1 in School Day Games. The performance also lowered his goals against average to 2.01, leaving him ranked second in the OUA.
After a tight opening period in which Laurier held a 1-0 lead but were outshot 13-11, the Hawks took control of the contest early in the second period thanks to a powerplay tally from Hanlon just 37 seconds into the frame.
Pushka, Pullara and Adams would all add goals before the second was out as the Hawks led 5-0 after 40 minutes.
With Laurier well on their way to their fifth straight victory over their cross-town rivals, the Hawks kept coming in the third period. After Mroczkowski scored to make it 6-0, goals from Adams, Fritsch and Francyzk just 48 seconds apart put the finishing touches on an emphatic victory.
The win vaults the purple and gold into first place in the OUA West Division as they improve to 10-3-2 on the season.
As for Waterloo, they fall to 5-8-2 on the year and sit eighth in the West.
The victory also moves Laurier two wins away from clinching the first awarding of the Battle of Waterloo trophy as the Hawks now have six wins, one loss and four ties this season against the Warriors with eight games remaining.
The Hawks will wrap up the 2017 portion of their schedule on Friday night in Toronto as they take on the York Lions (10-4-1). The meeting is the second of the season between the two teams after Laurier defeated the Lions, then ranked No. 5 in Canada, 6-2 on home ice back on November 2.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at Canlan Ice Sports and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.