Christian Mroczkowski scored the game-winning goal eleven minutes into the first overtime period as the Wilfrid Laurier men’s hockey team defeated Windsor 4-3 in Game #1 of their best-of-three OUA West Quarter-final series.

Mroczkowski, a second year forward from Kitchener, banged home a rebound off an Alex Adams’ point shot for his second goal of the contest, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the series.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Mroczkowski on scoring the game-winning goal. “It’s a huge win for us, especially at home here. We’ll be looking to finish it on Friday on the road and get the weekend off.”

The Hawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third period, en route to recording their first playoff victory since 2013. It is the first playoff meeting between the two schools in 17 years.

Colin Furlong, who was making the third playoff start of his Laurier career, earned his first postseason win for the Hawks as he made 29 saves.

Laurier will have a chance to win the series and advance to the OUA West Semifinals tomorrow night when they head to South Windsor Arena for Game #2 (at 7:30 pm).

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Thursday’s Regional Sports Schedule:

DISTRICT-8 SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

(#3) St. David at (#1) St. Benedict – 8:00 pm

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WCSSAA SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SEMI-FINALS

(#4) Preston at (#1) Forest Heights – 3:15 pm

(#3) Huron Heights at (#2) Jacob Hespeler – 3:15 pm

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WCSSAA BOYS HOCKEY QUARTER-FINALS

(#5) Elmira at (#4) Waterloo C.I. – 2:00 pm (McCormick)

(#8) Preston at (#1) Grand River - 2:30 pm (Kiwanis)

(#7) Kitchener C.I. at (#2) Huron Heights – 3:00 pm (Activa PJD)

(#6) Bluevale at (#3) Sir John A. Macdonald – 3:00 pm (RIM Pillers)

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DISTRICT-8 BOYS HOCKEY SEMI-FINALS

(#4) Monsignor Doyle at (#1) St. David – 2:30 pm (RIM Optimists)

(#3) St. Benedict at (#2) Resurrection – 3:00 pm (Moses Springer)

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OUA MEN’S HOCKEY PLAYOFFS

Opening game in best-of-three series

Brock at Guelph – 7:30 pm

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GOHL JUNIOR ‘B’ HOCKEY

Midwestern Conference

Stratford at Guelph - 7:30 pm

Brampton at Brantford – 7:30 pm

Western Conference

St. Marys at Sarnia - 7:10 pm

Chatham at Leamington – 7:10 pm

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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

Sarnia at Windsor - 7:05 pm

Niagara at North Bay – 7:00 pm

Hamilton at Peterborough - 7:05 pm