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.

HawkIQ with #6 Austin Hesselbart…

Height: 5′-9″#6 Austin Hesselbart PC

Weight: 195 lbs.

Birthdate: May 29, 1997

Hometown: St.Cloud, MN

Nickname: Hess

Hobbies: “Swiping right”

Favourite TV Show: Prison Break

Favourite Movie: Napoleon Dynamite

Favourite Actor/Actress: John Heder

What is playing on my phone right now: Stacy’s Mom

Favourite NHL Team: Montreal Canadiens

Favourite NHL Player: P.K. Subban

Favourite Rink: Terry Sawchuk Arena

Who would you most like to take Dinner: Darryl

Hockey Influence: My Dad

Best Hockey Memory: Getting O’Cheddar for the first time with the Hawks.

Career Goal: Occupational Therapist

Favourite Meal Before a Game: Plain Chicken Breast and Spinach

If you were on an island with 3 things, what would they be? Cigars, a bottle, and a nice woman.

Kustra-Nelson Leads Hawks past Riels in OT

Shane Kustra-Nelson Celebrates the OT Winner (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)

Shane Kustra-Nelson Celebrates the OT Winner (D.Mahussier/1812 Photography)

Your Charleswood Hawks didn’t need to make it dramatic, but they did on Friday night with a 5-4 overtime win over the visiting St.Boniface Riels. Opening the scoring in this one was Spencer Ferbers who banged home a rebound off a Trevor Szyda point shot on the power play at 6:54 of the first period. However, the Riels Austin Kossack led the charge back for the visitors with a pair of goals to close out the period and then the Riels Samuel Jean Paul struck again early in the second to put the visitors ahead by a margin of 3-1.  Midway through the second the Hawks woke up from their slumber when Noah Robidoux tapped home a rebound off the end boards from a Riley Gilmore point shot to cut the Riels lead to a single goal. Thanks to a gift turnover behind the Riels net by Eric Durupt, Shane Kustra-Nelson grabbed the puck and walked out in front of the net and took full advantage sliding one past Tyler Gagliardi to tie the game at 3. Late in the second the Riels Brett Lefko took a boarding minor for an unnecessary and dangerous hit on the Hawks Trevor Szyda and early in the third the Hawks made them pay. On the ensuing powerplay Dylan Zeke and Shea Gorenstein traded passes at the point before Gorenstein sent a shot towards the net that bounced over to a ready and waiting Max Gardiner who gave the home team the lead. The Hawks managed to hold the Riels at bay for most of the third, but with a late press with their goalie pulled they managed to tie the game to send this one into overtime with just 22 seconds remaining. The extra frame didn’t last long with Reg Bowles springing Shane Kustra-Nelson on a breakaway just 30 seconds into it that he made no mistake on (check it out below) to give the Hawks the much needed win.


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Overtime Winner


The win gives the Hawks a 2 point lead in second place over the Railer Express who lost in OT on Friday night to the Canucks…a special thanks to the Maskiw brothers, Mark and Scott for leading the Hawks onto the ice while flying the red, white, and black flags on Friday night…the Sorrento’s Cup 3 Stars on Friday were all Hawks – #1 Shane Kustra-Nelson, #2 Riley Gilmore, and #3 Max Gardiner…the boys get a breather and are off until Thursday night when they take on the Riley Beauchemin and the St.Vital Vics – action gets under way at 7:30pm over at the St.Vital Centennial Arena.