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2/7/2015: LAKEHEAD - 3 @ LAURIER - 2


John Payetta
Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Lakehead Thunderwolves edged the Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2 in the regular-season finale at the Sun Life Arena in Waterloo, Ontario Saturday night to secure the Wolves a place in the OUA playoffs.

Lakehead opened the scoring 11:43 into the game on an unassisted goal by Mike Quesnele, who beat Laurier netminder Vinny Merante while the Wolves were short-handed.

Laurier’s Tyler Stothers dented the twine behind Lakehead goalie Justin McDonald at 14:12 to even the game at 1-1 after the first period.

Carson Dubchak put the Wolves in front 2-1 after being set up by Luke Maw and Brennen Dubchak at 13:19 of the second period.

Laurier’s Derek Schoenmakers replied just over two minutes later while the Golden Hawks were on the power play, but a blast by Nathan Bruyere with only 15 seconds remaining in the period gave Lakehead a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Bruyere’s goal would stand as the winner after a scoreless final frame.

Shots on goal in the game were 30-28 for the Thunderwolves.

Lakehead finishes the OUA regular season in seventh place with a record of 10-14-3, and will meet the second-seeded Western Ontario Mustangs in the first round of the playoffs.

Game #1 of the best-of-three West Division quarter-finals will played at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay on Wednesday night, before the series shifts to London for game #2, and if necessary, game #3 next weekend.



1. 11:43 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (unassisted) SH 2. 14:12 Laurier, Stothers (Webley )
Penalties: 06:09 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (TR)10:39 Lakehead, Nathan Bruyere (BRD)14:18 Laurier, Braid (INT)
3. 13:19 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (Luke Maw, Brennen Dubchak) 4. 15:24 Laurier, Schoenmakers (Rasmussen , Provost ) PP 5. 19:45 Lakehead, Nathan Bruyere (unassisted)
Penalties: 13:45 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (INT)
No Scoring

Penalties: 06:26 Laurier, Schoenmakers (SL)07:44 Laurier, Lopes (KN)16:33 Lakehead, David Quesnele (CC)
Lakehead: Justin McDonald, 26 saves made, 2 goals against.Laurier: Merante, 27 saves made, 3 goals against.Referees: Darryl Wolfe, Chris Thornton (referee), Brad Horan, Michael Daltrey,