Lakehead swept by Golden Hawks

Sat Jan 19, 2019
Written by John Payetta
Photo by James Mirabelli

To the dismay of the 1,954 hardy fans at the Fort William Gardens on a bone-chilling Saturday night in Thunder Bay, the Laurier Golden Hawks downed the Lakehead Thunderwolves 5-2 for the second night in a row to sweep the weekend series.

Lakehead came out strong in the first period and took the lead at 16:29 when Cooper Leitch finished off an odd-man rush set up by Brett Wolframe and Austin McDonald with a wrister that sailed past Hawks’ goalie Oliver Lafreniere.

Laurier’s Will Cook scored 31 seconds into the middle frame with a laser that beat Wolves’ netminder Devin Green high on the blocker side to complete a two-on-one break.

Josh Laframboise replied just 23 seconds later when he slipped the puck past a sprawled Lafreniere, with Daniel Del Paggio and Dexter Kuczek assisting.

Lakehead’s lead wouldn’t hold however, as two power play goals by Laurier put the Golden Hawks up 3-2 before the second period was over.

Jake Henderson got the first one on a goalmouth scramble at 6:12, and Christian Mroczkowski notched the go-ahead marker at 16:03 with a rocket that beat Green high blocker while the Hawks held a five-on-three man advantage.

Cook extended Laurier’s lead to 4-2 when he was left alone on the doorstep 4:12 into the third, and Danny Hanlon iced the game with an empty-netter with 2:36 remaining in the contest.

Total shots on goal in the game were 36-26 in favor of the Thunderwolves.

For the night, Lakehead was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Laurier went 2-for-4.

The Molson Three Stars of the Game were:

  1. Will Cook, Laurier
  2. Christian Mroczkowski, Laurier
  3. Josh Laframboise, Lakehead

The loss drops the Thunderwolves' OUA record to 10-11-1 (16-12-1 overall) and leaves Lakehead in a four-way tie for fifth place in the West Division.

The Wolves will be in St. Catharines next weekend for a pair of games against the division-leading Brock Badgers.