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2/21/2007: LAURIER - 4 @ LAKEHEAD - 2


Mike Aylward
Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Lakehead Thunderwolves skated hard but were defeated 4-2 by the No. 3 Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday night at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay in Game #1 of their OUA quarterfinal playoff series.  With the victory, the Hawks take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three series and also end Lakehead’s six year 14-0 unbeaten mark at home in the postseason.

The Wolves scoring came from Brock McPherson and Matt Maissoneuve.  Matt Maccarone paced the Hawks with a goal and an assist.  Laurier singles came from Matt Grennier, Jeff Borrows, and James Edgar.  Chad Kennedy had a very strong game with 2 assists.

Lakehead outshot Laurier 42-37 on the night and Laurier netminder Jeff MacDougald played a very strong game and made a number of strong saves to preserve the win for the Hawks.  Lakehead netminder Chris Whitley also made some good stops on the night.

Lakehead now has a 15-11-3-2 OUA record (18-18-3-2 overall) while the Hawks go to 23-5-1 in conference play and 26-11-1 overall.  Lakehead was 0-7 on the powerplay while Laurier was 1-6. 

The Molson's Three Stars, as chosen by Leith Dunick of Thunder Bay's Source, were:
1) Laurier: Matt Maccarone
2) Laurier: Chad Kennedy
3) Lakehead: Brock McPherson 

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is set for Waterloo on Saturday at 7:30 pm EST and the game can be heard live on 580 CKPR AM Radio in Thunder Bay and online at  Game 3, if necessary, is set to face off at 2:00 pm EST Sunday in Waterloo.

Game Summary:
Per 1:

Lakehead 15 Laurier 15
Per 2:
Lakehead 18 Laurier 11
Per 3:
Laurier 11 Lakehead 9
Lakehead 42 Laurier 37

Scoring Summary:
Per 1:
1) Lakehead: 19 seconds: Brock McPherson from Andrew Brown and Mike Wehrstedt
2) Laurier: 19:41: Matt Maccarone
Per 2:
3) Laurier: 9:40: Matt Grennier from Chad Kennedy and Riley Moher
4) Laurier: 10:50: Jeff Borrows from Mark Voakes 
5) Lakehead: 15:03: Matt Maissoneuve from Brad Priestlay and Richard Molenaar
6) Laurier: 16:18: James Edgar from Maccarone and Kennedy 

1. 00:19 Lakehead, Brock McPherson (Michael Wehrstedt, Andrew Brown) 2. 19:41 Laurier, M.Maccarone (unassisted) PP
Penalties: 07:38 Lakehead, Andrew Brown (INT)12:12 Laurier, Moher (HS)18:11 Lakehead, Richard Molenaar (HLD)18:39 Lakehead, Michael Wehrstedt (SL)18:39 Laurier, Girard (RO)
3. 09:40 Laurier, Grennier (Kennedy , Moher ) 4. 10:50 Laurier, Borrows (Voakes ) 5. 15:13 Lakehead, Mathieu Maissoneuve (Brad Priestlay, Richard Molenaar) 6. 16:18 Laurier, Edgar (M.Maccarone , Kennedy )
Penalties: 12:08 Laurier, Fair (INT)14:28 Laurier, Girard (RO)14:28 Lakehead, Brock McPherson (RO)19:28 Laurier, Moher (TR)
No Scoring

Penalties: 03:06 Lakehead, Brock McPherson (SL)09:16 Lakehead, Drew Kivell (USC)09:16 Laurier, Peacock (USC)13:00 Laurier, Kennedy (SL)
Lakehead: Chris Whitley, 33 saves made, 4 goals against.Laurier: MacDougald, 41 saves made, 2 goals against.Referees: T. Gordon (referee), T. Gordon, T. Gordon,