Will Cook had two goals, including the overtime winner, in Laurier's win over Windsor on Friday night (Credit: Charity Matheson)
Laurier: 3 WINDSOR: 2
WINDSOR, Ont. (January 12, 2018) - Will Cook
scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime, to help the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks rally past the Windsor Lancers 3-2 on Friday night.
Cook, a native of Port Stanley, Ont., who tied the game at two midway through the third period, ended the contest 2:31 into overtime with his team-leading eighth goal of the season to lift Laurier (12-5-2) to their second straight victory.Mitch Wright
of Chesley, Ont., had the other goal for the purple and gold.
Jake Brown of Ancaster, Ont., and Ryan Taylor of Clarington, Ont., replied for the Lancers.
Although tensions were rising as the Hawks put the pressure on the Lancers in the first frame, the scoreboard remained untouched as both goalies denied everything thrown their way.
After Lancers took a 2-0 lead scoring back-to-back goals off the sticks of Brown and Taylor late in the second frame, the Hawks swapped goalies bringing Chris Festarini
of Oakville, Ont., into net to replace starter Colin Furlong
of Cambridge, Ont.
The move seemed to spark Laurier in the third period as Wright and Cook scored just over a minute apart to tie the game and force overtime.
In overtime, the Lancers had a power play opportunity to start the frame but failed to use it setting up Cook, who swooped in to score his second goal of the night for the Hawks to secure the win.
Festarini earned the victory for the purple and gold as he denied all 18 shots he faced in replacing Furlong, who had made 16 saves before being pulled.
On the other side of the ice, Windsor netminder Jonathan Reinhart of Cambridge, Ont., took the loss allowing three goals on 38 shots.
Next up, the Hawks (12-5-2) will remain in Windsor to play the Lancers (6-8-5) for the second game of their weekend doubleheader on Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Arena.
The game can be seen live on OUA.tv.