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Laurier women’s hockey coach Osborne wins final home game behind bench

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The Laurier Golden Hawks celebrate Emily Woodhouse's second period goal in front of head coach Rick Osborne. (Eva Ou/Laurier Golden Hawks photo)

WATERLOO, Ont. (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks gave head coach Rick Osborne one final memory at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Saturday night as they upset the No. 8 Queen’s Gaels 3-2 in a shootout.

Osborne, who will retire as head coach of the women’s hockey program following the season, earned his 414th career victory as rookie defenceman Kaitlin Saxton of Oakville, Ont., scored the only goal of the shootout to give Laurier their third win in five games.

“I really think they did,” said Osborne when asked if he thought his team rose to the occasion of his final home game. “It was nice because it was the typical Queen’s rivalry. When we play each other, we have tremendous respect, but nobody wants to lose. Finally, the team is building some momentum because for such a young team, for them to finish with two solid overtime wins, and get the job finished, was impressive. I thought we looked pretty determined in overtime and the shootout.”

With plenty of alumni in attendance to cheer on the purple-and-gold in their final home game of the season, Laurier (2-3-14-3) got goals in regulation from rookie Emily Visser of Caledonia, Ont., and second-year Emily Woodhouse of St. Marys, Ont.

Woodhouse’s goal was particularly impressive as she went end-to-end before cutting into the slot, falling to her knees and roofing a shot past Gaels starter Stephanie Pascal of Sudbury, Ont., to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead early in the second period.

Queen’s Addi Halladay of North Augusta, Ont., tied the game moments later to eventually force overtime after Hailey Wilson of Pickering, Ont., gave the visitors the lead in the first period.

Rookie netminder Hannah Miller of Georgetown, Ont., added another tally in her bid to win OUA Rookie of the Year as she posted her second win over a nationally ranked opponent this season. Miller stopped 22 of the 24 shots she faced to remain in first place in the conference for save percentage at a sparkling .946.

Pascal took the loss for Queen’s (14-3-3-4), allowing two goals on 21 shots.

Laurier will look to carry the strong play as of late into their final two road games of the season next weekend. First up, the Hawks will face the Nipissing Lakers (12-2-6-2) on Saturday. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. and can be seen live on OUA.tv.

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