Two of the top teams in the MMJHL are set to battle on Monday Night when your 5-0-3 Charleswood Hawks take on the 6-2-0 St.Boniface Riels. The Hawks are coming off a stellar 31 save performance on Friday night from goaltender Ryan Hall that gave them an important 2-0 win over their cross river rivals from St.James while the Riels are riding high with a 3 game win streak. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm and please remember the Riels have a new home this year – Notre Dame Arena in the heart of St.Boniface just off Provencher Avenue.
Come check out your Charleswood Hawks this Friday as they take the 3-3-1 St.James Canucks in their first meeting of the regular season. The Hawks are coming off a tough 5-4 overtime loss to Pembina Valley on Tuesday night as the Canucks cross the Charleswood Bridge for a 7:30pm meeting at Eric Coy. Make sure to arrive early folks…even with the nice weather we have been having…no one enjoys a long walk from the parking lots!
The Hawks McLuckie Clears the Crease in the 2nd period (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)
There was certainly no love lost between these two bitter rivals on Friday night at the Coy. In what proved to be a penalty filled affair the Charleswood Hawks held off the Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins with a tight 1-0 victory. The Hawks peppered Twins goalie Mario Fiorentino all night finishing with a total of 41 shots. At 17:44 of the second period Max Gardiner was finally able to beat the Twins goalie from the top of the circle with a nifty feed from Dylan Zeke that was set up by a hard fought rush up ice by defenseman Trevor Szyda. The third brought an unrelenting attack by the Hawks that unleashed a number of shots on goal during the period. However, the Twins gave the Hawks all they could handle in the dying minutes after pulling their goalie, but were unable to get the equalizer. Ryan Hall gave the home team another excellent effort between the pipes with 30 stops to earn the shutout and first star of the game. Rounding out the 3 stars were Shane Kustra-Nelson and the Twins Fiorentino.
The win sees the Hawks extend their season unbeaten streak to 6 games and maintain a share of the top of the MMJHL standings. After a break for Thanksgiving, the Hawks make their way down Highway 75 on Tuesday night to the Morris Multiplex to tangle with the Pembina Valley Twisters for the first time this season. Come join us with puck drop set for 7:30pm.