The Hawks are at home for a set of games this coming weekend with a 7:30pm start on both nights. First on Friday, they take on the 8-6-0 Junior Vics for the second time this year. Last time these two foes met the red and black managed to squeak out a 2-1 win to open up the season. Coming into this one the Hawks have been on a tear with 3 straight shutout victories courtesy of Ryan Hall. While the visitors are coming in after a 6-5 victory over the Railer Express last Sunday that saw 2016-17 League MMJHL MVP Riley Beauchemin net 4 goals along with a pair of helpers. This should be a noisy one folks as it is the ever popular digger night where the all-stars of the Rob/West Tourney are the guests of honour!
Visiting on Sunday is the sixth place St.Boniface Riels who are looking to get back into the win column after a hot start to the campaign. Last time these two met was a Monday night affair back in October that saw the Hawks Riley Gilmore get the game winner with just 1:43 left in the third. The Bombers will have demolished the Eskimos well before puck drop, so what better way to make it a Sunday sports doubleheader!
The Hawks Taylor Opperman Goes Top Shelf against the Knights (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)
The Hawks got back into the win column on Sunday night bringing their record to 7-2-3 on the season with a 4-0 shutout of the River East Royal Knights. The home team proved to be too much for the winless Royal Knights on Sunday night as they controlled the play all game while launching 44 shots at their opponents. Shane Kustra-Nelson was a force all night and extended his point scoring streak to 5 games by recording the helper on the first goal of the game by Noah Robidoux at 13:05 of the first period. Leading the way offensively for the home team was Spencer Ferbers who netted his first goal of the season along with a pair of helpers. Taylor Opperman also recorded his first of the season when he closed out the scoring for the Hawks with a nice wrist shot that snuck just under the cross bar at 16:51 of the third period. Ryan Hall earned the shutout for the Hawks, stopping 18 shots while moving into the league lead in GAA and Save Percentage. Three stars of the game were: #1 – Spencer Ferbers, #2 – Shane Kustra-Nelson, and #3 – Max Gardiner.
The third place Hawks are on the road for both games next weekend making the trip out Highway 7 for a battle with the Stonewall Jets on Friday and then a tangle with the Twins at Century Arena on Sunday night.
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.