WATERLOO, Ont. (from Laurier Golden Hawks) – Rookie defenceman Kaitlyn Saxton had a pair of goals, including the game winner, and added an assist as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team defeated the Windsor Lancers 4-1 on Saturday night at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.
Saxton, a native of Oakville, Ont., broke open a tie game in the second period as she tallied a pair of power play goals five minutes apart to help the purple and gold end their season-long six-game losing streak.
Saxton, who had yet to find the scoresheet this season in her first year with Laurier, recorded her first career point just 36 seconds into the contest when she set up Kaitlyn Hatzes of Whitby, Ont., for her first goal of the season.
Carly AuCoin of Cambridge, Ont., rounded out the scoring for the Hawks with her second of the season late in the second period.
Aynsley Harrison of Corunna, Ont., chipped in with a pair of assists to move her into a tie for the team scoring lead as she now has five points on the year.
Laurier netminder Hannah Miller of Georgetown, Ont., continued her outstanding season as she recorded her third win of the year by turning aside 25 of the 26 shots she faced, raising her conference-leading save percentage to 0.952.
The only Lancer to find the back of the net against Miller was Reagan Kaufman of Durham, Ont., on a rebound opportunity midway through the opening frame.
Morgan Farrow of Bedford, N.S., took the loss for Windsor, allowing four goals on 29 shots.
With the victory, Laurier (2-1-12-3) earned a season-series split with the Lancers (2-1-15-2) and moved out of the basement of the OUA standings, leapfrogging Windsor by one point.
Laurier will be back in action on Friday, February 2 as they face the top team in the OUA, the No. 9 Queen’s Gaels, in Kingston. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.