The two semi-final games occurred the past weekend and the one featured a rematch of last year’s Vanier cup between laval and Calgary and that game proved to be a good one as it was tightly contested and well played by both teams. In this game Calgary again came out to a strong start putting up 17 points in the first half to laval’s 10 however it was laval who was able to prevail putting up 25 points in the second half to Calgary’s 6. A hard fought game by both teams with laval simply out willing Calgary to propel themselves to a repeat appearance in the Vanier. In the opposite side of the country the game between Acadia and Western was absolutely no contest with Western slaughtering Acadia by a score of 81-3. Truly everything was clicking for Western in this game and Acadia simply had no answer. With the victory it sets up the match up everyone has been waiting to see with #1 seeded Laval vs #2 seeded Western in the Vanier cup final on Saturday November 25th
The Laurier women’s hockey had a lone match up against the Western mustangs on the 18th and saw themselves post a valiant effort but unfortunately it just was not enough as Western prevailed against the hawks by a score of 3-1. A big take away for the hawks from the game was their ability to find a way to put the puck in the back in the net as that has been one of their biggest struggles this season and if they continue to build upon their ability to score goals they’ll soon find themselves in the win column.
The men’s hockey team saw themselves facing two rematches this past week as they played against the Brock badgers and the Western Mustangs. In their first game against Brock Laurier was able to push them all the way to the brink as the game had to go overtime tied at 2-2 but this time around Brock was able to steal away scoring a goal in O.T. and taking the game by a score of 3-2. In their rematch against Western Laurier saw themselves replicating yet another great effort as they had the first game they played Western with much different results as the score ended up in a 3-2 finish however it was Laurier who was able to prevail this time around and were able to secure themselves a much needed 2 points.
For the Laurier women’s basketball team they saw themselves facing two very tough opponents in both York and Queens. Between these two games we witness to two very different performances from star player Nicole Morrison. In their first game she was only able to drop 14 points in what turned out to be a losing effort as they fell to York by a score of 69-58. In the second game however, Nicole Morrison lit a spark in her game and found herself dropping a record 37 points against the Queen’s golden Gaels propelling her team to a 72-70 crucial victor. A truly incredible performance by her as she proved to be a big factor as she has been all season for the Golden Hawks
For the men’s team Laurier did a full reversal of the women’s’ team as they were able to prevail against York by a score of 87-75 but fell to Queens by a score of 77-76. The big story between these two games was the decision by rookie Ali snow (#6) to take the final shot against Queens that ultimately decided the game. Some say it was a questionable one as he some say he should have been looking to distribute the ball to star player Kokko as opposed to him taking the shot but for some it was the right decision and real growing moment for the rookie as this moment could prove to pay dividends in developing character throughout his future.