The Jets and Hawks were the opening game for the MM Show Case Weekend and it definitely set the bar for the remaining games. This one had a little something for everyone. For the hockey purist, you saw plenty of skilled plays combined with some great play making. The goalies at both ends of the rink made unbelievable saves to keep their team in it and give them an opportunity to win. For the folks that like their hockey spiced up with a little grit and roughness, you got to witness some of that style too. This was not a game for the feint at heart. No question this was a battle, it was apparent from the drop of the opening face off that these two combatants were there to lay claim to the two points. Both teams gave 100% for the entire 60 minutes. It was like a play-off game only exception being that this one took place in January.
The Jets would score the only goal of the first period. The Hawks would tie it up at one early in the second stanza on a goal from Shawn Pachet. The Hawks would score two quick ones in the first 4 minutes of the third period to go up 3 – 1 compliments of Mike Lorange and Beau Zelenewich. Mike Lorange would also be credited with 2 assists to give him a three point night, Shawn Pachet would earn an assist to give him a two point evening, Zach Heisinger would also have a two point game and Dylan Zeke would notch a single point for his efforts. Jets would score with over 9 minutes remaining on the clock to close the gap to one and make it nail biting time for the fans of both teams. Both teams had numerous good scoring chances but in the end, your Hawks earned a hard fought 3 – 2 victory, over a very tough opponent.
All 5 goals in this game would be scored on the PP. Both teams were forced to fend off 5 minute majors and the Hawks had to also deal with a 5 on 3 for a full 2 minutes and 34 seconds. Speciality teams played major roles in the final out come of this game for both teams. The Hawks would go 3 for 8 on the PP and 5 for 7 on the PK. Ryan Hall turned in a strong performance, especially during Jet PP’s, stopped 21 of the 23 Jet shots to earn the win. Hawks registered 34 shots on the Jets goal.
Next action in the Show Case Weekend for your Hawks is on Sunday, January 15 at 6:45 at the Ice Plex Remax Arena against the always formidable, St. Boniface Riels. Should be a dandy, hope to see you there.
This years Winter Carnival runs Jan 16th -22nd !!
The Hawks biggest (and most fun) game of the season is on Tuesday Jan 17th @ the carnival!
Charleswood Hawks vs 7/8 Roblin Park Raiders – Tuesday, January 17th – 6:00 p.m @ the Roblin Park Community Centre’s Winter Carnival
Then on Saturday Jan 21st, our Hawks will also be BBQing & Jack Rabbit skating at the carnival!
Come out and enjoy the fun and support a great local Community Center!
Pictured above: Emily Houston of the 9 year old APHA Polar Bears (Flag Bearer)
If one more person makes a comment about what a difference 24 hours makes, I think I’ll scream. There is no doubt that this was a different Hawk’s team tonight than the imposters that skated on Sunday. It is probably a fair statement to say most of the attendants at both games know the answer as to why the vast difference and are quick to offer solutions. The more important question has to be if the players recognize and understand the possible consequences of their decision in preparing for a game. At the end of the day, it really is all about their approach to the games. NUFF said!
Lost in some of the rhetoric is the fact that a pretty good hockey game took place at the Coy. Like the previous three contests between these two contenders, this one was advertised to be a barn burner and both the Twisters and Hawks lived up to the marquee billing. It was up and down, back and forth all night long. Hawk nemesis and Twister tender, Matt Kohlman once again brought his “A” game to the rink, thwarting numerous Hawk chances. Not to be out done, Hawk net minder Ben Thorlakson delivered an “A+” performance which not only gave him and his team mates the much needed two points but also earned him his league leading third shut out of the season.
The first period saw both goalies put on a clinic as neither team could light the lamp. Early in the second frame, Zach Heisinger would score the game’s first goal and eventual winner with assists going to Ryan Hutton and Shane Kustra-Nelson. Late in that same frame, Heisinger would pot his second of the game assisted by Mike Lorange and Shawn Pachet. The third period, despite great opportunities by both teams, would remain score less. Shots on goal were even at 31 apiece. Hawks were 0 for 3 on the PP and killed off both Twister PP’s.
Up next on the calendar is the MM’s Showcase Weekend at the MTS Ice Plex. Yours Hawks are scheduled to play the Stonewall Jets on Friday, Jan. 13th at 7:15 P.M. and their second game goes at 6:45 P.M. on Sunday, January 15th versus the St. Boniface Riels. Should be one heck of a weekend, hope to see you there!