PREVIEW: WHKY ready for Brantford Homecoming
Laurier play the University of Toronto in Brantford on Friday, then head to Toronto for a battle against Ryerson

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Posted by Matthew Strapp

Game Dates and Times: Friday, October 20 - 7:30 p.m. (Toronto) & Sunday, October 22 – 2:15 p.m. (Ryerson)
Game Locations: Brantford Civic Centre (Brantford), Mattamy Athletic Centre (Toronto)
Live Webcast: OUA.TV
Tickets: vs. Toronto

This Weekend's Matchups 

On Friday, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team begin their 2017-18 campaign. The season will kick off in style, with the first contest of the year being not just the season-opener, but the feature sporting event for Laurier’s Brantford Homecoming as well. Over a thousand supporters are expected to support the purple and gold as they take on the University of Toronto Blues. The Hawks and Blues tangoed twice last season, both games ending in Laurier losses against the 2016-17 OUA semi-finalists.

Following the homecoming festivities, the Hawks head east for a date with the Ryerson Rams. The Rams won both matchups in the 2016-17 season, just edging out the Hawks in 3-1 and 2-1 victories.

Season Preview

It’s a new season which means new players and new roles for returning players based on the departures of some veterans. The Golden Hawks welcome eight new players to their roster this season. This includes four defencemen, two forwards and a pair of goaltenders. The Hawks will need production from its incoming class due to the departure of seven graduating players.

In adding eight rookies, it builds on the Hawks recent history of roster turnover. As head coach Rick Osborne noted back in May, “this year’s rookie class marks the end of a three-year recruiting blitz and completes a reload of the woman’s hockey program. Another eight rookies will give us 21 players in their first three years and one player in fourth year.”

As the last couple of years have proven, the Hawks have been repeatedly successful in terms of recruiting. Two years ago, it was Madison MacCulloch (Toronto, Ont.), who based on an outstanding rookie campaign was named to the OUA Women’s Hockey All-Rookie Team. In the 2016-17 season, Laurier’s leading goal scorer Emily Woodhouse (St. Marys, Ont.), earned the same reward.  

Laurier’s top three goal scorers from a year ago were all first-year players; Woodhouse, Aynsley Harrison (Corunna, Ont.) and Julia Talman (Brooklin, Ont.). Woodhouse led the charge, scoring ten on the season, while Harrison and Talman both netted three. Anticipate the trio improving on the tremendous starts to their career in their second-years of playing eligibility. Also returning is third-year left winger Danielle Wark, who had a team-leading six assists last season.

First-years Cohen Myers (Shakespeare, Ont.) and Hannah Miller (Georgetown, Ont.) will compete for goaltending duty to replace graduating netminder Amanda Smith (Burlington, Ont.).

Players to Watch

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

#26 RW Emily Woodhouse (St. Mary’s, Ont.)
- The second-year right winger led the team in goals scored and overall points last season, notching ten and dishing out two assists
- The St. Marys product will be a staple on the power-play, hoping to improve on an impressive five power-play goals

#14 LW Danielle Wark (Baltimore, Ont.)
- The third-year forward scored two goals and got eight assists, finishing second on the team behind Woodhouse for the team scoring lead
- Her eight assists led the team last season

University of Toronto Blues

#26 D Cristine Chao
- Attended the Hockey Canada development camps as a member of Team U SPORTS in 2017
- Was tied for first amongst defenceman with 12 assists last season

Ryerson Rams

#8 F Kryshanda Greene
- Scored two goals and added one assist in the first game of this season against York

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