Laurier: 4 LAKEHEAD: 1
THUNDER BAY, Ont. (February 11, 2018) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's hockey team took care of business in their regular season finale on Saturday night as they defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 4-1.
The win, combined with the Western Mustangs 7-1 loss to the Windsor Lancers, moved Laurier into fourth place in the OUA West division standings which secured the Hawks home ice advantage for the opening round of the conference playoffs beginning next week.
The first period was scoreless as it was a battle of the goaltenders. Laurier's Colin Furlong
(Cambridge, Ont.) kept his team in the game early, stopping all 20 shots he faced while Lakehead's netminder Justin McDonald (Turtleford, Sask.) saved nine.Brandon Robinson
(Pickering, Ont.) opened the scoring early in the second to score his ninth goal of the season.
This was shortly followed by Jeremy Pullara
(Vaughan, Ont.) with his seventh goal of the season and, off a power play, Christian Mroczkowski
(Kitchener, Ont.) with his fourth goal of the season to bring the Hawks to a 3-0 lead by the end of the frame.
Heading into the final period, Kyle Jenkins
(Brampton, Ont.) scored his fourth goal of the season to further the lead before Sam Schutt (Palmer Rapids, Ont.) found the back of the net for the Thunderwolves during a power play to bring the final score to 4-1.
Furlong stood strong between the pipes as he shut down 43 shots on goal to take the win. The performance vaulted him to second in the conference with a sparkling 0.927 save percentage, the third-best mark in modern team history, while lowering his goals against average to 2.32, the third best mark in the OUA and tops in modern team history.
On the other side of the ice, McDonald took the loss as he stopped 28 of the 32 shots on goal.
Laurier will now turn their attention to the Brock Badgers, the fifth seed in the West division, who they will face in the opening round of the playoffs.
Game 1 of the series is set for Wednesday night, February 14, at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, with puck drop at 7:07 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased at tickets.laurierathletics.com and the game will be broadcast live on OUA.tv.
Stay tuned for a complete preview of the series to be released early in the week.