WATERLOO, Ont. - Despite not having star sniper Craig Voakes (St. Thomas, Ont.) in the line-up, Laurier's men's hockey team had enough reserve firepower to down the Western Mustangs 5-2 on Thursday night in front of 200 fans at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

The win over the ninth-ranked Mustangs kicked off the 2008-2009 CIS hockey season in convincing fashion. The Hawks played a confident and composed game with Western failing to get any momentum going.

Laurier enjoyed a quick start as defenceman Phillip Magistrale (Tsawwassen, B.C.) pinched in along the boards and took a feed from Nick Vergeer (West Lorne, Ont.) behind the net and potted the puck five-hole for the Hawks first of the season, just 1:02 into the opening frame.

Laurier took a 1-0 advantage into the dressing room after the first period and came out flying in the second.

Two minutes in the Hawks converted on a 2-on-1 with Colin Williams (Orangeville, Ont.) converting the feed from Mike Galbraith (Oakville, Ont.). With a two-goal cushion the purple and gold opened it up. Williams' marker was followed closely by Nathan Peacock (Tillsonburg, Ont.) who dug the puck out of a scramble in front of the Western goal as their netminder was down on the ice, Peacock fished the puck out and roofed it.

Western was reeling and Laurier was relentless. Jean-Michel Rizk's (Dunham, Que.) first of the year came as the puck was shovelled in front of the net by Luke Girard (Mississauga, Ont.). Rizk just got enough stick on it to find a gap by the near post.

The Mustangs weren't going to the glue factory without a struggle however. Western captain Sal Peralta (Leamington, Ont.) got them on the board and Kevin Baker (Georgetown, Ont.) scooped up a loose puck after a Laurier defender went down and wired it blocker side. The short-handed marker brought his squad within striking distance, but Rizk would put the game out of reach with four minutes to go and Laurier skated to a 5-2 win.

Head coach Kelly Nobes was quick to site his team's composure as the key to victory. "That's one of the things you'll see with our team this year, our puck management, possession game is better."

But puck possession can only take you so far. You still need players to distribute it. Nobes brought in some young talent to help with that exact problem. "Some of the defensemen we've brought in . . .they outlet well, [they're] good skaters, good puck handlers and good puck movers."

Looking forward, Laurier welcomes cross-town rival Waterloo on Saturday and if they wish to claim a similar result as the one against Western, coach Nobes knows only one thing needs to change.

"We need to play a full three periods, a full 60 minutes."

Source: Golden Hawks Athletics


TORONTO, Ont. - The Brock University men's hockey team opened the 2008-09 OUA regular season with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Ryerson Rams Thursday night at George Bell Arena.

Early in first period the ice tilted in Brock's favour as they had a five-minute power play, which turned into a 5-on-3. Ryerson was not ready to fall behind in the game and battled hard to kill off the penalty. Despite strong efforts by both teams the first period ended in 0-0 draw.

Composure and confidence turned into imperative attributes as time rolled on. Brock displayed both of these characteristics and waited for their opportunities. Freshman Isaac Smeltzer (Estevan, Sask.) moved into the open ice, and hammered home his first CIS career goal 1:19 into the second period.

Despite running into some penalty trouble Brock remained positive, and with some hard skating by sophomore Gary Friesen (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) and sophomore Ryan Allan (Fort McMurray, Alta.) Brock created a short-handed 2-on-0 with Friesen feeding Allan who buried his first of the season.

At the end of the period Ryerson's Cory Konecny (Stoney Point, Ont.) jumped on a rebound only to be robbed by the lightning quick leg of freshman netminder Kurt Jory (Brandon, Man.), allowing Brock to take the two-goal lead into the dressing room.

Bodies began to fly in the third as both teams attempted to gain a physical edge on their opponent. After multiple exchanges Brock once again found themselves on the penalty kill. This time it was freshman Dan Dooley (St. John, N.B.) who won a race for the puck and fed junior Nathan Hooper (Hamilton, Ont.) who screamed in on the breakaway and found the back of the net with 3:53 remaining to the Badgers' first win of the season.

In his OUA debut, Jory was outstanding turning aside all 21 Ryerson shots for his first career shutout.

Brock was 0-for-6 on the powerplay while Ryerson went 0-for-7 allowing two shorthanded goals.

The Badgers next action is Sat., Oct. 11 at 7:30 pm when they travel to the University of Toronto.

Source: Badgers Athletics