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Miller shines but WHKY falls to No. 10 Western
Laurier: 1 WESTERN: 3

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LONDON, Ont. (January 26, 2018) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team received another outstanding performance from rookie netminder Hannah Miller but it wasn’t enough to lift them past the No. 10 Western Mustangs on Thursday as they fell 3-1 in a school day affair at Thompson Arena.

Miller, who is at the forefront of the conversation for OUA Rookie of the Year, turned aside a career-high 43 shots in regulation to keep her team in the game against the nationally-ranked Mustangs. However, a third period tally from Western’s Ali Beres of Lions Bay, B.C., proved to be the difference in this contest as Laurier lost their season-high sixth game in a row.

Western jumped out to a quick lead in front of a boisterous crowd of elementary school children when Alyssa Chiarello of Kitchener, Ont., scored just over two minutes into the contest to put Laurier behind 1-0.

The Mustangs continued to pour on the pressure in the opening frame, peppering Miller with 19 shots but Laurier’s goalie stood tall and the Hawks trailed by just the single goal after 20 minutes.

The Hawks would respond early in the second as just 20 seconds into the period, Morgan Bates of Thamesford, Ont., set up Danielle Wark of Baltimore, Ont., for her first goal of the season to even the game at one.

Laurier and Western would remain deadlocked until the midway point of the third period when Beres beat Miller to give the home team the lead.

An empty net goal from Megan Taylor of Surrey, B.C., would seal the win for the Mustangs who moved into second place in the conference, sitting at 11-2-5-2 for the season.

The loss, meanwhile, drops the Hawks 1-1-12-3 for the year.

Despite taking the loss, Miller saw her save percentage stay at 0.951 for the year, a mark that leaves her tops in the conference for goaltenders with at least 10 starts.

Carmen Lasis of Toronto, picked up the win for the Mustangs as she made 21 saves.

Laurier will be back in action on Saturday, January 27 when they host the Windsor Lancers at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex at 6:07 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the men’s hockey team.

Prior to the game, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, there will be a free skate and free hot chocolate for fans while members of the women’s and men’s teams will sign autographs up on the track at the Rec Complex.
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