#17 James Najduch brings the puck into the Transcona zone on Saturday Night (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)
Your Charleswood Hawks now have their backs pushed tight to the wall after they were shut out by the Transcona Railer Express by a margin of 3-0 on Saturday night that puts them down 3 games to 2 in this best of 7 MMJHL Semi-Final. The Express came out again with a couple of big hits early into the game, which has been a common story throughout this series. The visitors struck first when they scored on another diving tip-in just shy of six minutes in, this time on the rush Nico Gravel setup up Blake Stelmaschuk who tipped it in from the slot to give them the early lead. The Hawks fired a total of 12 shots towards Connor Shaw who was between the pipes again for the Express, but were unable to beat him in the first. The second brought more of the same type of action that the first did and the Express notched one on the powerplay 3:25 into the second frame when Logan Waskul snuck one behind Ryan Hall. Despite a pair of powerplays late in the second the Hawks were still unable to get on the board. The Express put the nail in the coffin 2:57 into the third when Chase Fincaryk converted on a breakaway to give Transcona the 3-0 lead. Despite a late push and out shooting the Express 35-27 in this one the Hawks were blanked and now face elimination on Tuesday night.
The Raiders also posted their own 3-0 shutout of the Stonewall Jets to put them in the MMJHL Final looking to defend their Jack McKenzie Trophy from last year…a special thanks to Max George for leading the Hawks onto the ice tonight as their flag bearer for a third time this season…Game 6 is set for 7:30pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 over at the old East End (aka Ed Golding) Arena…so, clear the schedule – the boys need all the noise you can bring!
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 Charleswood Hawks knocked off the Transcona Railer Express by a margin of 3-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the best of 7 MMJHL semi-final. Playing their 3rd game against each other in 5 nights proved to provide a rather chippy affair that was loaded with extra curricular activity after the whistles all night long. With what is becoming a pattern, the Hawks started slow with the Express dictating the pace of play through most of the first. As such the Express struck first courtesy of a missed Hawks shot on goal that rung around the boards and squeaked past the Hawks defender at the blueline that was picked up by Devon Matsumoto who netted the shorthanded goal. In a scary moment towards the end of the first, the Hawks Austin Hesselbart took a shot off his throat while blocking a point shot, but was able to continue to finish the game. The Hawks came out roaring in the second, first with a powerplay marker when Spencer Ferbers banged home a rebound off a Shane Kustra-Nelson shot. Then roughly 5 minutes later when Reg Bowles hit a streaking Meyer Nell who made no mistake with it going high blocker on Connor Shaw at the end of a penalty kill to put the Hawks up by 1. In yet another fantastic outing Ryan Hall was able to shut the door on the Express in the third in a period that was marred by after the whistle skirmishes. The Hawks protected the lead effectively through the third until Noah Robidoux showed off some Patrick Kane like hands making a mockery of the Express defense to get the insurance marker just prior to the 14 minute mark. The Express pushed late in the game, but were unable to get any closer on this night thanks to great effort from the red and black to close out the game. These 2 teams are back at it again in just 2 short sleeps on Thursday night at 7:30pm over at Ed Golding (East End) Arena. See you there!