HAWKS’ ADVERSITY CONTINUES, DROP 3 – 2 DECISION TO THE JETS

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Above: Flag bearer Ethan Hulme from the 9 A1 Phoenix Flames
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This game was a carbon copy of the Tuesday game against the Canucks.. The Hawk’s had a slow start and the Jets were flying. Hawk starter Ben Thorlakson weathered the storm keeping his team mates in the contest. Eventually the Hawks would get some wind under their wings and make quite a game of it. Just like Tuesday, glorious scoring opportunities were squandered and when the boys adjusted their sights, Jet tender, Hunter Ploszay, was there to thwart the attack. The club is going through some adverse times, this was their sixth loss in their last 10 games and to be candid, they probably deserved a better fate in 4 of those set backs. The work ethic and effort is there, they just need a break here or there to get the ship righted. Another positive note is that, despite this funk that we are in, no team appears to be able to run away and hide. We may have lost some battles but the war is far from over.   
The Jets would open the scoring at the 17:25 mark of the opening frame on the PP, giving the visitors an early lead which would hold up until Zach Heisinger would knot the affair up at one with only 3 ticks remaining on the second period clock with assists going to JP Lovell and Shawn Pachet. It took all of 29 seconds in the third period for the Jets to regain their lead but the Hawks, courtesy of a Reg Bowles marker with help from Quinn Werbowski and Cam Petras. It looked like this one could be heading to OT but a shot heading to the corner of the rink would deflect off a skate and find an open area in the Hawk’s net at 18:20 giving the Jets the all important two points.
Ben Thorlakson was solid in goal for the Hawks stopping 36 of the 39 shots fired his way. The Hawks directed 31 pucks towards the Jet net. The PP continues to be a puzzle, converting on only 1 of 6 attempts. The PK went 4 for 5.  
Up next for the Hawks is a game with the hottest team in the MM, the Raiders JHC,  who have won 8 of their last 10 games. They invade the Eric Coy on Friday, Dec. 9th looking to pillage two points. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., hope to see you out!! 

HAWKS DROP GAME AND FIRST PLACE

We are going to begin this session with a quiz. Now if quiz’s are not your thing, don’t panic because we will provide you with the answer. Are you ready? What does a lethargic start (Hawks didn’t register their first shot on goal until the game was six minutes old) and a sluggish third period (out shot 18 – 10) usually mean? The answer is TROUBLE. Since class is in session, a quick history lesson, no team, in this League, this season, has won a game scoring one goal. Yes I get the fact that Tyler Wiess threw another gem at the Hawks but unless you just returned to Earth from Mars, in most of the 19 games played thus far, opposing goalies have been extremely good. Every team in this League can start a tender that is capable of beating you. Good teams find ways to capitalize on their chances and when they do, the odds of them challenging for the heavy hardware are pretty descent. If you don’t, you’ll be eating popcorn and watching the proceedings from the stands. It really isn’t that hard to comprehend, it is a simple formula, HARD WORK = SUCCESS, class dismissed. 
Spencer Ferbers, assisted by Shawn Pachet,  would score the game’s first goal at the 13:41 of the second period. The lead would be very short lived as the Canucks would tie it up 1 minute and 8 seconds later on the PP. Those two goals would be all of the scoring in the contest until the Canucks sent their faithful home happy with only 31 ticks remaining on the clock in OT. Make the Final Canucks 2 – Hawks 1.
Canucks out shot the Hawks 39 – 36. Both goal-tenders of record gave their teams plenty of opportunity to win. Despite a very strong game between the pipes for the Hawks, Ryan Hall was tagged with the loss. The PP was 0 for 1 and the PK yielded one goal on 2 Canuck advantages.
Next on the docket is the Stonewall Jets and they are breathing down the Hawk’s neck in the chase for First. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 on Friday, Dec. 2nd. Should be a dandy, hope to see you there!