Friday February 7, 2020
Final OT: 1-0 Hawks
Sunday February 9, 2020
Final OT: 3-2 Victorias
Three out of four possible points this past weekend saw us playing with confidence and grit.
Friday night at Seven Oaks was a game which saw us dominate the first period and encounter a goalie (Pikel) who was determined to keep his net clean. We had numerous chances which were thwarted by his acrobatic style, only to be replicated by Wiens in our net as he answered the call time and time again.
We outshot Raiders 36-21 and we were knotted at zeros as sixty minutes ticked away.
OT saw us dig in our heels and the Raiders gave up possession then Justl took the puck. He made a zone-clearing pass to a streaking Seremet who appeared to be headed for the Raider’s net. He stopped short at the face off circle, drew the defender to him then made a beautiful pass to Smith who had caught up to the play and who banged in the pass past the Raider’s goalie who had focused on Seremet’s situation.
We worked hard for that victory!
Sunday night was a little less lop-sided in the shot department but we still topped the Vics 25-19 at the end of regulation. Opperman and Robertson had terrific games and were robbed a few times each as the game wore on. We did not let up against the league’s second-place team and we looked equal to the task. Trailing 2-1 in the third, Opperman made a pivotal rush, got the shot low to the Vic-keeper’s right foot and followed up his shot to push in the rebound…2-2. Regulation time ended at that score…Wiens again making timely saves and banking the rebounds safely to the corners.
OT was unfortunate as we had possession for a few quick chances but then the Vics took the puck. They clogged the slot in our end, then whiffed on an attempted shot. Proximity was so tight that our three reacted to the motion and were caught flat-footed, expecting the shot. The Vic shooter regained the puck and pushed the puck to his winger who had an open side in which to bury the winner.
Anguish, but we displayed an entire game of equality and opportunity.
When we have faced the top teams, of late, we appear even with them in effort and commitment. Our three points move us further, safely, into the playoff mix, and our entire group is playing with a single-determined focus.
Our lull when we were missing numerous ‘starters’ seems to be fully in the rear view mirror and our self-belief is at a great point. We are ‘in’ every game and our purpose is evident.
Keep it up, Hawks!