PREVIEW: WHKY to say farewell to Coach Osborne
Golden Hawks will recognize retiring head coach Rick Osborne prior to Saturdays game against Queen's
Friday, February 9, 2018 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
Game Dates/Times: Friday, February 9 - 7:07 p.m. (vs UOIT); Saturday, February 10 - 7:07 p.m. (vs Queen’s)
Game Locations: Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
Live Webcast: OUA.tv
Live Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com
THE LOW DOWN
For the final time in his celebrated career with the Golden Hawks, head coach Rick Osborne will step behind the bench at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex as Laurier hosts UOIT and Queen’s in their final home games of the 2017-18 season.
Despite his team’s struggles over the past two seasons, Osborne will finish his career with the Golden Hawks amongst the winningest coaches in U SPORTS women’s hockey history. Across all competitions, Osborne’s teams have amassed 413 victories, the fourth most by a Canadian university women’s hockey coach.
He has also coached some of the best players to ever suit up for the purple and gold and has seen 42 of his athletes named OUA All-Stars and 11 earn CIS All-Canadian recognition. A five-time OUA Coach of the Year, Osborne has also helped his athletes succeed off the ice as 37 of his athletes have earned CIS/U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian honours.
In recognition of all his success at Laurier, which includes nine OUA Championships and one CIS Championship, the Department of Athletics and Recreation will honour Osborne prior to puck drop on Saturday against the Hawks’ long-time rivals, the Queen’s Gaels.
NEED TO KNOW
- the Hawks are on a two-game losing streak coming into the final two games on home ice this season
- this will mark the second consecutive week Laurier has played UOIT and Queen’s, facing them on the road a week ago
- Laurier lost their third straight game to the Ridgebacks, dropping a 4-0 decision in Oshawa last Saturday
- the Gaels, ranked eighth in Canada and sitting atop the OUA standings, defeated Laurier 3-0 last week to stretch their win streak to seven over the purple and gold
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (2-1-14-3)
G Hannah Miller (Georgetown, Ont.)
- after getting pulled for the first time all season, the Hawks rookie netminder will be looking to rebound in the team’s final home games of 2017-18
- despite allowing five goals on 38 shots last weekend, Miller continues to find herself among the conference leaders as she’s tied for fourth in save percentage at 0.945
UOIT Ridgebacks (6-2-12-2)
F Kassidy Nauboris (Brampton, Ont.)
- fourth year forward had a big game against the Hawks last weekend, netting a pair of goals to bring her up to six on the season
- leads UOIT in scoring this year with 16 points in 22 games
No. 8 Queen’s Gaels (13-3-3-3)
F Michele Knecht (North York, Ont.)
- fifth year forward tallied a pair of goals last weekend against the purple and gold, including the game winner
- putting together the best offensive season of her career in her final year with the Gaels sitting with three goals and four assists
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