The Hawks got caught off-guard on Friday night as the 9th place St.Boniface Riels knocked them off by a score of 5-3. The Riels got things going in the first with a shorthanded marker by Adrian Fran, which was the first of 3 points for him on the night. The Hawks fought back to tie it in the second after a pair of goals by Noah Robidoux; however, St.Boniface managed to net 2 more after firing 28 shots at Ben Thorlakson through 2 periods for the 4-2 lead. The boys battled back hard in the third, but even after a goal by Reg Bowles it wouldn’t be enough to get them back in the game. The Riels added the empty netter with less than a minute to go to seal the 5-3 victory.
Your 23-6-3 Charleswood Hawks look to end their 2 game funk when they face the Twins on Sunday night. Action gets under way with a 7:30pm puck drop over at the Century Arena…make sure not to miss it!
The powerplay finally came to life on Saturday night as your Charleswood Hawks downed the River East Royal Knights 6-1 in a chippy affair. James Najduch notched his first of the year to open up the scoring midway through the first, which received a quick response by Michal Wojciechowski of the Knights. Despite being a tie game for most of the first period, the Hawks dominated play out shooting the Knights 17-6. J.P. Lovell struck late in the frame for what would be his first of three goals on the evening to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The second saw the start of the rough stuff that would put the Hawks on the powerplay 3 times and see them convert twice on it with goals by J.P. Lovell and Trevor Szyda. The dislike between these two teams finally came to a head in the third that came to a head when Quinn Werbowski dropped the mitts with Dag Sinclair for a spirited sparring session. Noah Robidoux closed out the scoring on the powerplay with his third goal in the last five games to seal the victory.
The win is the Hawks 12th straight, which equals them with the Raiders for the longest in the league this year whose own streak was ended by the Hawks to start this one. The boys are back in action closing out the MMJHL Showcase weekend at BellMTS IcePlex with a 6:45 battle tonight against the high scoring 3rd place Transcona Railer Express.
The 2018 MMJHL Showcase weekend is right around the corner where each of the 10 MMJHL member teams will be playing 2 regular season games at the BellMTS IcePlex in an effort to let out the secret of the calibre and skill level of the league. The action all kicks off this Friday with a pair of games starting at 6:45pm. Your Charleswood Hawks will be looking for their 12th straight win when they face the River East Royal Knights on Saturday at 6:45pm. Then on Sunday with the same start time they take on the Transcona Railer Express in a battle of two of the top teams in the league this year. We hope to see you there!