Laurier's Andrew Fritsch and Trevor Sauder battle for the puck in front of Brock goalie Clint Windsor on Wednesday night (Credit: Charity Matheson)
Laurier: 0 Brock - Game 1: 3
WATERLOO, Ont. (February 15, 2018) - A slow start in Game 1 of their Round 1 best-of-three series against the Brock Badgers proved to be costly for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team as they lost 3-0 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Wednesday night.
The Badgers outshot the Hawks 20-5 in the opening 20 minutes of play and were rewarded with a pair of goals from Mitch Nardi of Hamilton, and Cosimo Fontana of Toronto, before netminder Clint Windsor of Hamilton, shut the door the rest of the way to put Brock one game away from advancing to Round 2.
“I think from a momentum stand point, that was the difference tonight,” commented head coach GREG PUHALSKI
after the game. “Whenever you get outplayed like we did in the first and they were able to cash in on two goals, it put us behind the eight ball. Lately, we haven’t scored too many goals in the first period and when you’re always having to play catch up it gets difficult.”
Laurier came out the better team in both the second and third period after falling behind as they controlled possession for much of the game. The Hawks ended up outshooting the Badgers 33-16 over the final 40 minutes of play but Windsor, the OUA’s leader in save percentage during the regular season, stood tall between the pipes for Brock and kept the Hawks at bay.
“I thought the second and third period we played a little better, especially in the second period, we were able to generate some more chances and have some sustained pressure in their zone.,” added Puhalski. “We just have to do a better job of being ready to play. We felt we were ready but we obviously weren’t.”
Skylar Pacheco of Kitimat, B.C., iced the game for Brock with an empty net goal with 24 seconds to play, his third point of the night after assisting on the first two goals.Colin Furlong
of Cambridge, Ont., made his sixth career playoff start and took the loss, allowing two goals on 35 shots.
Windsor finished with a 38-save shutout for Brock to earn the victory.
Now facing elimination, Laurier will head to St. Catharines for Game 2 of the series Friday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:15 p.m. and the game will be live on OUA.tv.
Should the Hawks win Game 2, the series will wrap up with Game 3 on Sunday night at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex at 7:07 p.m.