PREVIEW: WHKY battles Waterloo aiming to snap four game skid
Golden Hawks out to avenge early season defeat at hands of Warriors
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
Game Date/Time: Sunday, January 21 - 2:30 p.m.
Game Location: Columbia Ice Field,Waterloo
Live Webcast: OUA.tv
THE LOW DOWN
With four straight losses under their belt, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will look to put an end to their skid and, in the process, spoil the Waterloo Warriors push for a playoff spot when the two teams clash on Sunday afternoon at Columbia Ice Field.
As a playoff berth becomes less and less likely for the purple and gold, currently 19 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference with nine games remaining, the team will be shooting for small victories over the remainder of the season. One of those could come in the form of a key win over their crosstown rivals as Laurier will be looking to avenge an early season setback at the hands of the Warriors which saw Waterloo skate off with a 2-1 win at the end of October.
Waterloo enters play this weekend just four points back of the final playoff spot and the Hawks would love nothing more than to put a dent into the Warriors plans for a return to the postseason.
NEED TO KNOW
- the Battle of Waterloo in OUA women’s hockey remains one of the most competitive rivalries in the league with Laurier and Waterloo splitting their last eight meetings
- despite their struggles this season, the Hawks are in the middle of the pack in the conference when it comes to defensive proficiency, ranking eighth having allowed 34 goals against in 15 games
- the Warriors have also been struggling as of late, losing their last three games, scoring just three times while allowing 13 against
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-1-11-2)
D Rebecca Hall (Claremont, Ont.)
- rookie defenceman has shown this season the type of player she can be for the Hawks, combining strong defensive play with speed and playmaking abilities
- the only Laurier defender to find the back of the net this year, she will look to be a factor for Laurier on Sunday
F Jaden Head (Whitby, Ont.)
- the second year forward is Laurier’s most dynamic forward, demonstrating speed and skill in all situations for the Hawks
- look for her to put her skills to work on the powerplay where she leads the team in goals with two
Waterloo Warriors (6-2-6-0)
D Stephanie Digness (Aldergrove, B.C.)
- fifth year defenceman leads her team in scoring this season with 10 points in 14 games
- scored the game winning goal earlier this year against the purple and gold and has scored in each of her last two games
G Stephanie Sluys (Clinton, Ont.)
- fourth year netminder is having another strong year as she’s sporting a 1.75 goals against average and a 0.935 save percentage
- will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing in her last start when she allowed a season high four goals against the No. 7 Guelph Gryphons
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