The dreaded handshake line after Transcona defeated Charleswood 4-2 on Tuesday Night (P.Weissgaerber/Charleswoodhawks.org)
Being down 3 of your top forwards is never a good recipe going into an elimination game, but your Charleswood Hawks did just that and unfortunately came out on the wrong side of the equation with a 3-0 loss to the Transcona Railer Express on Tuesday night. Leading scorer Shane Kustra-Nelson, Reg Bowles, and J.P. Lovell all watched their teammates put in a spirited effort in Game 6 that just wasn’t quite enough to get past a well-rounded Transcona squad in this best of 7 MMJHL Semi-Final. The Express came out flying in the first with a total of 15 shots being fired at Ryan Hall who was largely successful at keeping the red and black in this one until late in the first when the Express struck. As he has numerous times this series Transcona’s Nico Gravel took the puck from his own goal line and penetrated the Hawks zone only to drop the puck back to defense partner Branden Storey who fired a shot on net that bounced to the right of Ryan Hall. The beneficiary of the rebound was Cody Plett who made no mistake with it to give the Express a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission. Your Hawks did not disapoint folks as they came out flying in the second with numerous chances. They were aided by 2 powerplays in the middle frame, but were unable to convert on either. The third saw more of the same effort with numerous rushes up ice by the Hawks Trevor Szyda who looked like a man on a mission on Tuesday night that came up empty. Midway through the third after a Charleswood Too Many Men on the ice call the Railer Express were able to notch the insurance marker when Jordan Weir struck on the powerplay. Despite another chance with the man advantage the Hawks came up empty after a Will Grouette charging call shortly after the Express goal. The Hawks continued to push the play to the bitter end and tempers flared late in this one as Noah Robidoux dropped the mitts with Branden Storey. The Express added a empty netter to give them a 3-0 lead with about a minute left to kill the hopes and dreams Charleswood Hawks fans everywhere.
With the win on Tuesday night Transcona wins the best of 7 MMJHL semi-final 4 games to 2 and earns the right to face the Raiders for the Jack McKenzie Trophy…Ben Wicha who spent the 2017-18 season with the Oak Park Raiders made his Charleswood Hawks debut on Tuesday night wearing #10 due in part to the aforementioned absences of Shane Kustra-Nelson, Reg Bowles, and J.P. Lovell…the MMJHL Final is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:15 pm over the Seven Oaks SportsPlex – this should be some great hockey folks that is well worth the price of admission…thanks to all of you for visiting us at charleswoodhawks.org this season so faithfully and just because the season is over it is not a good reason to not come and visit us every now and again…we hope to see you soon!
Unfortunately “Great” Thursday wasn’t the case for your Charleswood Hawks as they were topped by the Transcona Railer Express by a score of 3-1 that squares up this MMJHL semi-final at 2 games each. The Express came out with something to prove in the first trading goals with the Hawks to leave the opening stanza with a 2-1 lead. Jordan Weir managed to net a pair for the Express while Reg Bowles responded for the Hawks with his third of the playoffs. The second and third saw the Express clamp down on the Hawks as they only managed to direct 9 shots towards Transcona’s Connor Shaw in the final 2 periods. Noah Skorpad added the insurance marker for the Express 6 minutes into the third that proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Hawks.
This series is back underway with a rare Saturday night special with a 7:30pm puck drop at the Coy…With his goal tonight Reg Reg Bowles now has 6 points in this series getting on the ledger in every one of the 4 games…North of the city the Stonewall Jets staged off elimination on Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime win over the Raiders who found themselves on the wrong side of the score sheet for the first time in the playoffs…and once again – the Hawks and the Express are back at it on Saturday night, so let’s fill the Coy and bring the noise for the red and black!
Your Hawks soared out of the gate tonight at the Century Arena with every intention of tying up this series. Shea Gorenstein would ignite the offence at the 11:58 mark and less that 2 1/2 minutes later Max Gardiner would double the production. Meyer Nell would add a third tally at 16:48 to send the teams to the first period break with your Hawks out front by a 3 to nil margin. The second period would see only one goal scored and it came off the stick of Twin’s Captain David MacDonald. Half way through the third period Meyer Nell would light the lamp for the second time in the game and help restore the Hawk lead to three goals and that is how this one would end, Hawks 4 Twins 1. Earning a pair of assists tonight would be Riley Gilmore and Spencer Ferbers while Austin Hesselbart and Cam Petras would contribute to the cause with one each.
Ryan Hall would block 28 of the 29 shots directed his way by the Twins to earn the win and Mario Fiorentino, in the Twins net, would stop 29 of the 33 Hawk. Hawks were 0 for 2 with the odd man advantage and the Twins went 0 for 1.
This series is now all knotted up at a game apiece and game # 3 is scheduled for Sunday, March 11th at the Eric Coy Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. The first two games of this series were exactly what was predicted, a hard, tough series. I don’t see anything happening to change that thought process. Should be a great game! See you at the Coy on Sunday night!