Women's hockey: Laurier's power play pays off

Not to take sides, but it's hard not to notice how this played out: A couple weeks ago, Laurier women's hockey coach Rick Osborne claimed that the refs who worked Golden Hawks home games had a "vendetta" against his team. Ultimately, Laurier was granted the right to use officials from the Ontario Women's Hockey Association, not the local Waterloo Region Hockey Association.

Fast-forward to tonight. The No. 2 Golden Hawks beat No. 6 Guelph 2-0 — improving to 24-0-0 in the OUA. The power plays evened out at seven apiece, but it was still a one-shot game in the third when Guelph got three penalties in a row. On the power play after the third one, Carly Muirhead scored the clincher for Laurier. Gryphons coach Rachel Flanagan was told the media, "refs don't score goals." Very diplomatic.

This is not meant to suggest there was anything untoward. There was an apparent problem and Osborne and Laurier AD Peter Baxter had to consider the players' welfare, stacked team or not. It is amusing how it unfolded (well, not for Guelph, which got a 43-save effort from Cassandra McNichol).
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