Laurier's Jacob Hetherington battles for the puck with Waterloo's Zac Coulter on Saturday night (Credit: Charity Matheson)
Laurier: 3 WATERLOO: 2
WATERLOO (January 7, 2018) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday night as they rallied to defeat the Waterloo Warriors 3-2, clinching the inaugural Battle of Waterloo trophy at Columbia Ice Field.
Laurier's victory was the eighth of the year for the Golden Hawks over their cross town rivals across all team sports in regular season play, bringing their season record to eight wins, two losses and four ties against the Warriors. With five games remaining in the season series, the Hawks have officially secured the series in the first year of competition.
Returning to the ice, Saturday's game presented a much tighter result compared to the last time these two teams met when the purple and gold dominated the ice with a 9-0 shutout win during Laurier's annual School Day Game.
The Hawks (11-5-2) opened the scoring midway through the first period as Danny Hanlon
(Waterloo, Ont.) converted on a 5-on-3 powerplay to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The advantage was shortly lived, however, as Waterloo's Ryan Hanes (Kanata, Ont.) scored a short-handed goal, leaving the two teams tied at one after 20 minutes.
Heading into the second frame, the Hawks struggled to control the puck as Hanes scored his second goal of the night pushing the Warriors to a 2-1 lead.
Laurier would respond with a shorthanded tally of their own as Will Cook
(Port Stanley, Ont.) evened up the score.
Before the period was out, Jeremy Pullara
(Vaughan, Ont.) put Laurier back in the lead, netting his sixth goal of the season.
With a scoreless third, the Hawks captured the win both on the ice and in the city as they took home the Battle of Waterloo.
Pullara paced the way for Laurier as the rookie forward also added an assist to record his third multi-point game of the season.Colin Furlong
(Cambridge, Ont.) got the start in goal and stopped 16 of 18 shots through 40 minutes of play. He was replaced in net to start the third period by Chris Festarini
(Oakville, Ont.) who closed out the contest by turning aside all seven shots he faced.
On the other side of the ice, Waterloo’s Trevor Martin (Ardrossan, Alta.) turned aside 28 of the 31 shots sent his way.
Next up the Hawks will hit the road to face the Windsor Lancers (6-7-4) in a weekend doubleheader on Friday, January 12 and on Saturday, January 13 at Windsor Arena.