Hawks score four unanswered in double OT win

(Photo courtesy of Guelph Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Guelph Athletics)

In a crazy come-from-behind 4-3 win, the fifth-seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team took game one of their Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarterfinal Thursday night against the fourth-seeded Guelph Gryphons.

After being down 3-0 going into the third period, the Hawks scored three unanswered goals before Trent Hawke sealed the Gryphons’ fate just over five minutes into the second overtime period.

The Hawks now lead the series 1-0 and return home Saturday night with a chance to win the series on home ice in game two.

The game started early, as J.T. MacDonald from Guelph scored eight minutes into the opening frame. Late in the second, Nicklas Huard would beat fourth-year Ryan Daniels to put the Gryphons up 2-0.

Early in the third, the Gryphons would score their third of the game as MacDonald found the back of the net for his second of the night.

Down 3-0, the Hawks answered back three minutes after MacDonald’s goal to cut the lead to two. Mitchell Good would beat Andrew Loverock. With less than five minutes remaining in the third, Frank Riddle would put the Hawks within one. With less than a minute remaining and mere seconds on the clock, Greg Cerilli beat Loverock to tie up the game and send it to OT.

While nothing was solved in the first extra period, Hawke would score his first career playoff goal in double overtime.

Game time Saturday night is 8 p.m. at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

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