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.
Overcoming an early 2-0 deficit in the first period, the Hawks managed to take an overtime decision 5-4 against the Royal Knights on Friday night. The boys drastically out shot the Royal Knights by a margin of 52-23 on the evening, but this one stayed close thanks in large part to the play of Evan Baty in the Royal Knights net. Meyer Nell had a pair of powerplay goals along with an assist on the game winner to help power the offence and for the second straight game Trevor Szyda put up a 2 goals and an assist. Adding to his 2 assists on the night, Riley Gilmore capped it with the overtime winner 2:59 into the extra frame to give the Hawks the win over the lowly Royal Knights who have now dropped 17 straight games.
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Your second place Hawks take on the third place Transcona Railer Express in a Sunday matinee at Eric Coy with puck drop scheduled for 3:45pm.
Your Charleswood Hawks lost a tough one on Friday night in Garden City to the Raiders by a margin of 3-2. Meyer Nell opened the scoring for the Hawks a little over 3 minutes into this one on a 4 on 4. Then, the Raiders battled back to tie it up just past the midway point of the first with a goal by Jared Nielsen. On their third man advantage of the period the Hawks finally hit paydirt when Reg Bowles whizzed a slapper by the Raiders Kyle McHolm on a nice feed from Riley Gilmore (see it below). In the second the Hawks pressed the Raiders firing 16 shots on their net, but failed to score despite 3 more powerplays. With less than a minute left in the second, Carson Rybuck made the Hawks pay on a bad clearing attempt that he picked off at the blue line and walked in to beat Ben Thorlakson. The third brought some great end to end action, but the Raiders pushed the play and Devin Manness converted for them in the final minutes of the third. The Hawks pressed the Raiders in the dying minutes and even pulled their goalie, but to no avail as the Raiders came out on top in this one.
Reg Bowles at 19:21 of Period 1
Despite the loss the Hawks remain in second place with a 3 point lead over the Railer Express who dropped an overtime decision to the Riels on Thursday…With his 10th goal of the season Reg Bowles has now recorded a point in his last 7 games and has 10 points during the streak…With Superbowl LII set for Sunday the Hawks take a break for an extra couple of days and then face the St.Vital Vics on Tuesday…Puck drop is at 8:00pm at the Coy and admission is just a toonie for this weeknight affair.