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!
It is not very often you can ever say that there was not much at stake to the victor of a Hawks / Twisters contest but that was really the case in Morris last evening. Your Hawks had wrapped up second place a week earlier and the Twisters were dropped from playoff contention on Monday night. Probably safe to say the only thing on the line was bragging rights to whom would own the season series between the two teams. In the end , the Twisters would dominate the short OT period and skate off with a 4 – 3 OT win and claim the this year’s rivalry by a 3 games to 2 margin.
The Twisters would open the scoring early in the first period but the Hawks would answer back with a pair off the sticks of Sean Robinson and JP Lovell. The teams would head to the break with your Hawks up a goal. In the second period, the Twisters scored two to take the lead but Max McLean would score to send the teams off knotted at three. The third period did not produce a goal and it was off to OT where the Twisters ended it at the 1:25 mark on a shot from Elijah Carels. Recording assists for the Hawks were Mitch Justl, Quinn Werbowski, Reg Bowles, Spencer Ferbers and Shea Gorenstein.
Ben Thorlakson made 42 saves in the Hawks net while his Twister counterpart, Griffin Dyck stopped 38 Hawk attempts to record the win.
Lately, it has been a tough go for your Hawks, who have dropped 6 of their last 10 games. Not quite the roll you want to be on heading into the proverbial second season. Bottom line and a positive going into the playoffs is that the slate has been wiped clean. No one will remember the previous 45 games. It is a fresh start.