What a way to end the month of January! The League’s best road team, the Pembina Valley Twisters, paying a visit to the Eric Coy for a game with your Hawks that had serious second place implications on the line. The hype surrounding this game, as it usually does for an encounter between these two, actually came to fruition. A big and boisterous crowd were well entertained. They had the old rink rocking!
Michael Lorange would open the scoring at 9:38 of the first period and the Twisters would tie it up 4 minutes later. Tyler Morwick would score a pair of goals 21 seconds apart to give the Hawks a two goal cushion but the Twisters would have an answer less than a minute later to send the two clubs to the dressing room with your Hawks nursing a one goal advantage. Shawn Pachet would restore the Hawks two goal cushion with the eventual winner with only a minute left in the second period. In the third, the Twisters would pull their goalie with 3 minutes left to play in favour of an extra attacker and would be rewarded with a goal with two minutes remaining to once again make it a one goal game. Twisters were relentless in their fore check but a race for a loose puck would result in Dylan Zeke potting an empty netter to seal the deal for the Hawks with 12 ticks left on the clock to make it a 5 – 3 final.
Recording assists on the night would be Cale Timlick, Cody Groen, Ryan Hutton with a pair, Cory Yeroschak, James Bergal, Shane Kustra-Nelson and Tyson Bannatyne. Ben Thorlakson was credited with stopping 32 of the 35 shots directed his way and the Hawks responded by firing 35 pucks at the Twister net. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the PP and 2 for 2 on the PK. Can’t make it more even than that!
Up next on the agenda is a Friday, Feb. 5th trip to Raiderville and a game with the red hot, first place Raiders. Should be a dandy! Action begins at 7:30 p.m. See you there!
Your Hawks soared into the Civic Centre last night and extinguished the hottest team in the MM by a 4 – 1 margin. The big question on everyone’s mind was where was this team on Sunday in Ft. Garry? I don’t think there is any doubt that when these Hawks put their minds to the task at hand and take care of their bodies the night prior to a game, they WILL compete with anyone. We have seen this scenario all season and with only 12 games remaining and first place still a possibility, it is hoped the guys will realize that fact too. They can win this whole thing, the ball is in their court. They do control their own destiny.
The Hawks came out of the gate flying. They had a 3 goal lead after the first 20 minutes compliments of Cole Benediktson, Tyler Bannatyne and Alex Hollyoake. The second period was score less and at the 5 minute mark of the third period, Benediktson would score his second of the game to put the Hawks on top by four. The Canucks would score on the PP to erase the goose egg but that would be as close as it would get.
Earning assists on the night were Cale Timlick, Cody Groen, Ryan Hutton, Cory Yeroschak, Shane Kustra-Nelson, Michael Lorange and Shawn Pachet with a pair. Ben Thorlakson looked sharp turning aside 31 of the 32 shots the Canucks directed his way. Hawks were 1 for 2 on the PP and 4 for 5 on the PK.
A Twister from Pembina Valley blows into the Coy on Sunday, Jan. 31st, batten down the hatches as this promises to be a battle of epic proportion with second place on the line. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.
It was one of those games that by glancing at the MM standings, you would have thought it wouldn’t have been much of a gamble to bet the farm on predicting the outcome. Guess what? You would have woke up this morning a very poor person. Sixty-six shots in a game of hockey usually gives you a victory but that wasn’t the case last night at the Century Arena in Ft. Garry. One might think that by taking that many shots, they dominated the game, which at times they did. But for the ones that actually attended the game, the Hawks didn’t muster up their “A” game. Hard to believe but there were numerous other shots that missed the net, their passing wasn’t crisp and their intensity was lacking. It has been said on many occasions that with the parity in the League, a team will not be successful without bringing it each and every night, and that statement was on full display last evening.
The Twins opened the scoring at the 12 minute mark of the second period and less than 2 minutes later Alex Hollyoake would tie it up. Two minutes later, the Twins would restore their one goal lead and at the end of two periods, it was 2 – 1 for the Twins. With their goalie pulled and only 89 ticks left on the clock, Cole Benediktson would score to send the game into OT. A questionable penalty would put the Twins on the PP and they would capitalize on the four on three, sending the Hawks home on the short end of a 3 – 2 game.
James Bergal chipped in two assists and singles went to Tyson Bannatyne and Michael Lorange. Luke Ushakas took the hard luck loss between the pipes stopping 34 of the 37 shots the Twins directed his way. Hawks were 0 for 2 on the PP and 2 for 3 on the PK.
Big weekend on the horizon for your Hawks. Friday they visit the Civic Centre for a contest against the hard charging Canucks and on Sunday, a Twister from Pembina Valley blows into the Coy. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. start times.