It's apropos Laurier got five goals from rookie forward Devon Skeats en route to the bronze medal at the women's hockey nationals, since the OUA powerhouse figures to be a bit younger team.
The Golden Hawks beat Saint Mary's 4-0 in the bronze-medal game with Skeats scoring twice and OUA rookie of the year Candice Styles also scoring. The other Hawks goal came from second-year forward Caitlyn Muirhead.
Skeats' five goals topped her regular-season total.
Consider the torch passed for a team which loses six seniors who were semi-household names among CIS diehards — CIS player of the year Liz Knox in goal plus Vanessa Bennett, Andrea Ironside, Kate Psota and assistant captains Laura Bartolini and Stephanie Crarey. They'll look a little different next season when they host the nationals in Waterloo — meaning, yes, the OUA can finally get a second representative — but coach Rick Osborne should have his pick of players from southern Ontario on account of the Golden Hawks' seven-year monopoly on the OUA banner.
John Bower has the SSN recap:
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