Taylor Opperman beats Kyle McHolm at 12:27 of the first period (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)
It was everything it was slated to be on Wednesday night as the Hawks took their 10th straight with a 3-2 shootout win over the Raiders Junior Hockey Club. The Raiders jumped ahead early into this one, in fact it was just 3 seconds into the first with a marker by Cody Merritt. Lesser teams would have crumbled, but your Hawks did not let this derail them and managed to tie it up midway through the first with a goal by J.P. Lovell. A little over 3 minutes later Taylor Opperman added another one from Riley Gilmore and Trevor Szyda. The Raiders Kruz Listmayer then managed to tie it up 3:06 into the second. And from there Ben Thorlakson was unbeatable for the Hawks the rest of the way turning everything left, right, and centre away – he showed why he is one of the top goalies in the league as he turned away 42 shots on the evening including another 3 in the shootout. This one went the distance all the way to a shootout that saw Noah Robidoux the only scorer as he beat Kyle McHolm glove side with a nice shot for the win!
The win moves Charleswood to just 3 points back of top spot in the MMJHL…Prior to puck drop on Wednesday Hawks alumni Mike Lorange and Beau Zelenewich were each recognized with the Hawks President Award…Trevor Szyda kept his hot streak going against the Raiders this year with an assist, he now has 6 points in the 4 contests against them on the year…The boys are back in action on the road Sunday night with a tilt against the fourth place Stonewall Jets – the puck drops at 7:30pm.
The two titans of the MMJHL are set to clash on Wednesday, January 3rd as the league gets set to ring in 2018. The Hawks are red hot heading into this one with a 9 game win streak on the line that started with an overtime win against the Raiders way back on November 24th. The Raiders enter this one on their own 5 game streak that has seen them outscore their opposition by an eye popping margin of 28 to 10. The Raiders Carson Rybuck has been on a tear with 10 points in his last 3 games while the Hawks Reg Bowles quietly is on a 4 game point scoring streak. This one is shaping up to be a dandy folks making there no better reason to break you out of hibernation mode. We’ll have the Coy nice and toasty thanks to our industrial grade heaters for the 7:30pm start that will make you forget all about our current cold snap!
The Hawks recognizing #19 Brandon Creta (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)
On Friday night with the help of Hawks super fan Brandon Creta, the boys downed the St.James Canucks by a score of 5-2 for a seventh straight victory. Prior to the game Creta was presented with a #19 team autographed jersey as a special thank you for his undying dedication to the club. Once the action got underway Spencer Ferbers opened up the scoring midway through the first. From there the Hawks traded goals with the Canucks to make it 2-2 after 20 minutes. The final 2 periods was vintage Ryan Hall who shut the door from there on in turning away 24 shots. Brennan Ostir got the game winner late in the second on a feed from Nolan Sekundiak. From there Meyer Nell added a pair of insurance markers in the final frame to lead the Hawks to the 5-2 victory.
The win on Friday helps keep the pace with Raiders who were 12-4 winners on Thursday night over the St.Vital Vics…Spencer Ferbers made it points in 7 straight with his goal in the first period…Meyer Nell notched 2 goals and 2 assists to match Shane Kustra-Nelson’s team season high for points in a game…the Hawks were led onto the ice by goaltender Riley Evans of the APHA Winter Hawks – thanks for your help Riley!…the boys are set head south on highway 75 on Sunday night in search of their 8th straight win as they take on the Pembina Valley Twisters at 7:00pm.