#17 James Najduch brings the puck into the Transcona zone on Saturday Night (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)
Your Charleswood Hawks now have their backs pushed tight to the wall after they were shut out by the Transcona Railer Express by a margin of 3-0 on Saturday night that puts them down 3 games to 2 in this best of 7 MMJHL Semi-Final. The Express came out again with a couple of big hits early into the game, which has been a common story throughout this series. The visitors struck first when they scored on another diving tip-in just shy of six minutes in, this time on the rush Nico Gravel setup up Blake Stelmaschuk who tipped it in from the slot to give them the early lead. The Hawks fired a total of 12 shots towards Connor Shaw who was between the pipes again for the Express, but were unable to beat him in the first. The second brought more of the same type of action that the first did and the Express notched one on the powerplay 3:25 into the second frame when Logan Waskul snuck one behind Ryan Hall. Despite a pair of powerplays late in the second the Hawks were still unable to get on the board. The Express put the nail in the coffin 2:57 into the third when Chase Fincaryk converted on a breakaway to give Transcona the 3-0 lead. Despite a late push and out shooting the Express 35-27 in this one the Hawks were blanked and now face elimination on Tuesday night.
The Raiders also posted their own 3-0 shutout of the Stonewall Jets to put them in the MMJHL Final looking to defend their Jack McKenzie Trophy from last year…a special thanks to Max George for leading the Hawks onto the ice tonight as their flag bearer for a third time this season…Game 6 is set for 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 over at the old East End (aka Ed Golding) Arena…so, clear the schedule – the boys need all the noise you can bring!
Your Charleswood Hawks knocked off the Transcona Railer Express by a margin of 3-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the best of 7 MMJHL semi-final. Playing their 3rd game against each other in 5 nights proved to provide a rather chippy affair that was loaded with extra curricular activity after the whistles all night long. With what is becoming a pattern, the Hawks started slow with the Express dictating the pace of play through most of the first. As such the Express struck first courtesy of a missed Hawks shot on goal that rung around the boards and squeaked past the Hawks defender at the blueline that was picked up by Devon Matsumoto who netted the shorthanded goal. In a scary moment towards the end of the first, the Hawks Austin Hesselbart took a shot off his throat while blocking a point shot, but was able to continue to finish the game. The Hawks came out roaring in the second, first with a powerplay marker when Spencer Ferbers banged home a rebound off a Shane Kustra-Nelson shot. Then roughly 5 minutes later when Reg Bowles hit a streaking Meyer Nell who made no mistake with it going high blocker on Connor Shaw at the end of a penalty kill to put the Hawks up by 1. In yet another fantastic outing Ryan Hall was able to shut the door on the Express in the third in a period that was marred by after the whistle skirmishes. The Hawks protected the lead effectively through the third until Noah Robidoux showed off some Patrick Kane like hands making a mockery of the Express defense to get the insurance marker just prior to the 14 minute mark. The Express pushed late in the game, but were unable to get any closer on this night thanks to great effort from the red and black to close out the game. These 2 teams are back at it again in just 2 short sleeps on Thursday night at 7:30pm over at Ed Golding (East End) Arena. See you there!
Friday night your Charleswood Hawks dropped a heart breaker to the Trancona Railer Express, 3-2 in double overtime. The Railer Express came out flying in this one early in the first with numerous big hits that seemed to come to an end when Cody Plett took a minor for slashing 3 minutes into the first. The Hawks failed to convert with the man advantage and again later in the first when Will Grouette was given a 5 minute major along with a game ejection for a dirty cross check on an unsuspecting Austin Hesselbart right in front of the Transcona bench. Five minutes into the second Ryan Sinclair scored for Transcona on a wild swing at the puck after a rebound from a Kelby Picard shot from the high slot. The Hawks managed to kill off their own 5 minute major when Taylor Opperman was tagged for a slashing major that came with a game ejection during a skirmish near the midway point of the second. The home team finally got rolling shortly after killing the major when Reg Bowles tipped in a Shea Gorenstein point shot to tie the game at one a piece. The third brought some good, clean hockey and the Railer Express took the lead early into the final frame on a diving tip in by Scott Morrison that managed to squeak by Ryan Hall. Your Hawks fought back and had numerous opportunities before finally netting the equalizer with a little over 6 minutes left in the third on a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play started by Reg Bowles, who fed it cross ice to J.P. Lovell, who dished it over to Spencer Ferbers for the finish (check it out below!). On the chewed up ice of the first overtime no one managed to score in a period that saw the Hawks push the play with a number of opportunities. This one would go onto end on a sour note just over 6 minutes into the second overtime when Trevor Szyda accidentally tripped on one of the 2 broken sticks in the home team’s end of the rink that caused him to turn the puck over to Transcona’s Devon Matsumoto. Mastumoto fed it over to Chase Fincaryk who took it to the net and fired a shot that ping ponged over to a wide open Jordan Weir who potted the winner.
These two foes are back on the ice for Game 2 this coming Sunday afternoon with a 3:30pm puck drop…in the other MMJHL semi-final the Raiders took down the Stonewall Jets handily by a margin of 6-1…a big thanks goes out to Martin and Idan who attend J.B. Mitchell School for leading the Hawks onto the ice on Friday night as their honrouary flag bearers…again Game 2 is on Sunday at 3:30pm over at Ed Golding Arena in Transcona…be there or be square!