It was the show case game of last year all over again. Your Hawks were in complete control and out played the Royal Knights in most facets of the game but were thwarted by the performance of the Royal Knight tender. On numerous occasions he was forced to make incredible saves giving his team a chance to win it. He was credited with 45 saves and the Hawks must have had at least another dozen opportunities to score but failed to hit the net.
River East would get the first goal of the game at the 11:49 mark of the first period and five minutes later Ryan Hutton would tie it all up with an assist going to Reg Bowles. It would stay knotted at one until the 9:05 mark of the third period when Cole Ferguson would notch his first as a Hawk and provide the Hawks with their winning margin of 2 – 1. Earning assists on the winner would be JP Lovell and Beau Zelenewich.
Hawks would go 0 – 2 on the PP and kill off all three of the Royal Knights man advantage opportunities. Hawks out shot the Royal Knights by a 47 – 23 margin. Ryan Hall stopped 22 of the 23 shots directed his way to earn his first victory of the season and of his MM career.
Hawks now have a bit of a break and next hit the slippery surface on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Southdale Arena against the only team that has beaten them this season. Should be a dandy! Puck drop is 7:30 P.M.
A close score doesn’t always translate to a well played game and I am sure both teams would agree with the assessment that this wasn’t their best effort.
Saying all that, at the end of the day, the Hawks swooped into St. Vital looking to snatch two points and it was mission accomplished.
Shawn Pachet opened the scoring at the 11:11 mark of the first frame assisted by Mike Lorange. Shane Kustra-Nelson would increase the Hawk lead to two, 5 minutes into the second period with an assist going to Ryan Hutton. The Vics would cut the lead in half at the 13 minutes mark of the second and then tie the affair up at two seven minutes into the third. OT would resolve nothing.
In the shootout, all three Hawk shooters would light the lamp. First Trevor Szyda, then Ryan Hutton and finally JP Lovell. Ben Thorlakson would make a save to preserve the win. Hawks would go 0 for 1 on the PP and were 1 for 2 on the PK. Ben Thorlakson would stop 28 of the 30 shots directed his way to earn his 4th victory of the season.
Next on the docket are the River East Royal Knights. The action takes place on Friday, October 21st at the Eric Coy Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Both teams have experienced a change in the supporting cast from last season but it sure hasn’t effected the end product. The rivalry is alive and well and was on full display tonight at the Eric Coy Arena.
It was about as even a contest as you can imagine. Both teams were assessed 4 minor penalties, they both capitalized once with the odd man advantage and the shots were even at 34. Can’t be much closer than that.
Tyson Bannatyne opened the scoring at the 5:22 mark of the first period and James Najduch would get his first of the season to give the Hawks a two goal lead six minutes into the game. Twisters would score to send the teams to the dressing room with the Hawks up by one. Robbie Cairns on the PP would restore the Hawks 2 goal cushion but the Twisters would come storming back with 2 of their own before the period was done to knot the contest at 3 apiece. With 8 minutes left to play, Ryan Hutton would give the Hawks a lead that they would cling to until the final horn sounded. Final score, Hawks 4 Twisters 3.
Earning assists on the night were Spencer Ferbers, Cam Petras, Shawn Pachet, JP Lovell, Tyson Bannatyne and Mike Lorange. Ben Thorlakson would stop 31 of the 34 shots directed his way to earn the win.
Next on the agenda are the St. Vital Victorias winners of two straight. Puck drop at the St. Vital Arena on Sunday, Oct. 16 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Should be a dandy!!!!