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PREVIEW: MHKY set to face Brock in opening round of playoffs
SERIES SCHEDULE (#4 Laurier vs #5 Brock)
Game 1 - Wednesday, February 14 - 7:07pm - Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo
Game 2 - Friday, February 16 - 7:15pm - Seymour-Hannah Centre, St. Catharines 
Game 3 - Sunday, February 18 - 7:07pm - Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo *
* If necessary

Tickets: Games 1 & 3 - or at the arena box office on game day
Live Webcast: All games live on 

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will begin their quest for the Queen's Cup this week asthey take on the Brock Badgers in a best-of-three OUA West Quarter-finals series. Laurier and Brock are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04 and both will be looking to end lengthy droughts without a playoff series victory.

- Laurier and Brock met twice during the regular season with the purple and gold coming away with one victory and one overtime loss
- In their first meeting, the Hawks earned a 5-4 win after they won a seven-round shootout on home ice
- The second meeting saw Laurier come away with a 3-2 overtime loss

- The Hawks and Badgers last faced off in the OUA playoffs 14 years ago when both schools were members of the OUA Mid West division
- Laurier was victorious in the best-of-three series as they swept Brock in two games winning 4-3 and 6-3

1. Goaltending
- Laurier's Colin Furlong has been the backbone to the Hawks' late-season success that saw them win their final two games to lock up the fourth-seed in the OUA West
- he finished the season ranked second in the conference in save percentage and third in goals against average
- As for the Badgers, they have leaned on Clint Windsor all season long as he leads in the conference in minutes played, save percentage and saves 
- the result of this means that goals could be at a premium in this series and whichever goaltender can outduel the other will most likely advance

2. Special Teams
- Laurier's special teams have been at the heart of their success this season as they ranked eighth in the conference in penalty kill percentage and fourth for the power-play percentage
- On the other side of the ice, Brock's special teams haven't been quite as consistent as they are fifth in the conference for penalty kill percentage and seventeenth in the league for power-play percentage
- if Laurier is able to keep the Badgers powerplay under wraps, it could go a long way to securing a series victory for the purple and gold

3. Protecting Home Ice
- With the Hawks having home ice advantage in the playoffs, it will be imperative that they make the most of the opportunity to advance to the next round
- Laurier has won eight of14 games on home ice while Brock has lost 10 of their 14 games on the road away, which means if this series goes the distance, the third game in Waterloo could make all the difference for the purple and gold

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (15-10-3)

G Colin Furlong (Cambridge, Ont.)
- The leading goalie for the Hawks recently led the team to a pair of victories to break a six-game losing streak
- Currently second in the league with a .927 save percentage
- Finished the season with a 2.32 goals against average, the best mark in modern team history for Laurier

C Anthony Sorrentino (Woodbridge, Ont.) 
- finished tied for the team lead in goal scoring with nine on the year, including two against the Badgers in Laurier's 5-4 victory during the regular season
- the rookie added seven assists to finish third in team scoring with 16 points

Brock Badgers (14-9-5)

G Clint Windsor (Hamilton, Ont.)
- The third-year goalie, who played the most minutes in the conferenced this season, is first in the league with 845 saves and a save percentage of .930
- Is seventh in the league for goals-against average at 2.51

RW Matt MacLeod (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
- Was able to capitalize on power play opportunities to pick up one goal and one assist against the Hawks with the man advantage
- Finished the year with 16 points, consisting of five goals and 11 assists
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