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MHKY sweep weekend set with Windsor
Laurier: 7 WINDSOR: 2

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WINDSOR, Ont. (January 14, 2018) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team wrapped up a satisfying weekend in grand style Saturday night at the South Windsor Arena by knocking off the Windsor Lancers by a score of 7-2, backing up a 3-2 overtime win the night before for the weekend sweep.

The victory gives the Hawks (13-5-2) a season-series sweep over the Lancers (6-8-6), the team that vanquished them from last spring’s postseason.

The purple and gold were in no mood to hang around in Windsor Saturday night, with Trevor Sauder (Tavistock, Ont.) and Anthony Sorrentino (Woodbridge, Ont.) lighting the lamp for the visitors within the first five minutes.

Sorrentino’s marker was the first of three goals on the power play for the Hawks on the night, making the Lancers pay for their eight penalties. Laurier was thriving on special teams Saturday, also showcasing a strong penalty kill, shutting out the Lancers on all seven of their opportunities with the man advantage.

Will Cook (Port Stanley, Ont.) and Andrew Fritsch (Brantford, Ont.) had the other goals for Laurier while a man up. Fritsch was on the finishing end of a beautiful sequence of passes by the Hawks in the offensive zone, leaving him free to fire it home from deep in the slot.

With the score 4-1 midway through the second, frustrations started to boil over for the hosts, as Ben Assad (Calgary, Alb.) took a run at Hawks netminder Chris Festarini (Oakville, Ont.), leading to a melee involving everyone on the ice.

Undeterred, Festarini went back to work and was at his most effective in the third period, making a highlight reel save by reaching back with his stick to stop the puck on the goal line, robbing the Lancers of what seemed to be a sure goal. 

He stopped 27 of 29 shots that went his way Saturday to record his second win of the weekend and eighth of the season.

Defencemen Kyle Jenkins (Brampton, Ont.) and Jacob Hetherington (Kingston, Ont.) rounded out the scoring for the Hawks, adding goals in the final five minutes of play to get the Hawks to seven on the night, the team's second-highest offensive output of the season.

Forward Brandon Robinson (Pickering, Ont.) added a goal and two assists for the Hawks to give him a team-leading 19 points on the year.

Winners of three straight, the purple and gold get back to work Thursday evening against the U SPORTS No. 10 ranked Guelph Gryphons, whom they trail by just three points for first place in the OUA West standings.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at what is sure to be a sold-out Sleeman Centre in Guelph for the Gryphons’ annual ‘Frosty Mug’ game.
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