Riley Gilmore and Ben Thorlakson are two players that were faces of the franchise during their careers as Charleswood Hawks. Friday night we were proud to honor them as graduating players and induct them in the Hawks President Club.
For 4 years Ben looked
after the net for the Hawks. He played a
total of 104 regular season games, just shy of 6300 minutes played. He has a career GAA under 3, and a save
percentage above 900, while winning 64 games.
Ben was named a 1st team league all star in 2015/16, and was
always regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the MMJHL. The success of the Hawks ran through him as
an 18 year old and that remained consistent throughout his successful
Riley was an imposing player as a 4 year defenceman for the
Hawks. To say he got better as his
career went on would be a major understatement as he was named a 2nd
team all star in 2016/17, and a 1st team all star the following
season. Riley played a total of 170
regular season games, contributing 70 points over the course of his
career. There wasn’t a role Riley didn’t
excel in on the ice, and was a model of the Hawks organization off the
ice. Riley was an assistant captain in
his 21 year old season, and his leadership was a big part of the Hawks success.
Both of these players have been irreplaceable and it is an
honor to have them both take their place as a part of the Presidents Club for
the Charleswood Hawks. Handing out graduating
player plaques to Ben and Riley is Hawks President Stephen George congratulations
to both players!
Sunday afternoon was a rare matinee event between your Charleswood Hawks and the St James Canucks. This would be the last regular season game between the 2 clubs.
Early into the 1st period, at just 6:31, Mitch Justl would get your Hawks on the score sheet with assists from Nate Roffey and Max Gardiner, giving your Hawks a 1-0 lead to end the 1st period.
The Canucks would tie it up in the first minute of the 2nd period, but Sean Robinson would get the lead back on a power play! Mitch Justl would get the lone assist on the goal. Unfortunately St James would find the back of our net, ending the 2 nod frame in a 2-2 tie.
Unfortunately the final 20 minutes were not so favorable for your Hawks as St James would score twice more to make it a 4-2 final for the Canucks.
Time to shake this one off and focus our efforts on our next match up which will be this coming Friday February 22nd at the Eric Coy as we host the Transcona Railer Express. We hope to win the final regular season meeting with them so be sure to come cheer us on! Puck drops at 7:30. We hope to see you there.
Friday night saw your Charleswood Hawks play host to the Raiders which always promises to be good hockey. The last 2 games between these 2 clubs have gone to overtime, both in favor of your Hawks, so we were hoping for the same outcome again.
While your Hawks out shot the Raiders in the first period, neither side was successful in finding the back of the net.
It wasn’t until late in the 2nd period that saw the Raiders get on the score sheet. That wouldn’t last too long though, as Sean Robinson would score at the 3:18 mark of the 3rd frame on a power play. The assists went to Spencer Ferbersand Austin Hesselbart. Unfortunately the score would remain tied at one a piece after 60 minutes of play so another period of OT would be needed to determine a winner for this one.
Austin Hesselbartwould quickly ensure the W went to your Hawks as he find the back of the net at just 49 seconds into the extra frame. The assist would go to Spencer Ferbers.
Ryan Hallwas in net, stopping 35 of 36 shots, earning him an impressive .972 save percentage.
The focus would now shift to Sunday afternoon as your Hawks would head over the bridge to face the Canucks who had lost their last 2 matches. We hope to see you there to cheer on your Charleswood Hawks!