Brooker hits 50 goals

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After a short drought, third-year forward Laura Brooker scored the 50th goal of her Golden Hawk career last Saturday against the Brock Badgers.

The women’s hockey team defeated the Badgers 8-0, allowing merely 18 shots against second-year goaltender Erika Thunder.

Brooker scored 5:48 into the second period to put the Hawks ahead of the Badgers 4-0.

“It feels great,” Brooker said. “I guess in a way, another milestone is over but I’m going to continue to play hard and just keep doing what I’m doing.”

The 50th tally makes Brooker the fourth player in Laurier women’s hockey history to hit the milestone, joining former Hawks Lisa Backman, Amy Turek and Andrea Ironside.

“They all brought so much to the team and put so much effort into it and I just want to put out the same effort and the same character they did as well,” Brooker said.

Brooker’s milestone goal was her 14th of the season, good enough to lead the Hawks in goal scoring and sit two points behind Brittany Crago with 23 overall points.

Laurier’s record is now 20-2-3 after a last-minute 3-2 loss to the Guelph Gryphons on Sunday.

Currently the Hawks sit first in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) standings, three points up on the Queen’s Gaels, who they will play in their regular season finale this Saturday in Kingston.

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