This series is living up to the early prognosis. People that have followed their teams for the entire regular season are commenting that they have never witnessed the intensity level between these two foes this high. The only plausible response is that it is now the playoffs. The stakes are higher and there is plenty on the line to play for. Both sides are giving it their all, it is definitely not a series for the feint hearted.
Brandon Marques would get the Twins on the board at the 6:36 mark of the first period and that would be all the scoring in that frame. With only 2 minutes played in the second stanza, Zach Odwak would put the Twins up by a pair. Riley Gilmore, on a Hawk’s PP, would cut the Twins lead in half on a great shot with help coming from Noah Robidoux and Trevor Szyda. Less than 5 minutes later, Dylan Zeke would knot the affair up at 2 on the PP on a nice feed from Quinn Werboski and Meyer Nell. Just over 5 minutes later, Reg Bowles, on a great set up from Dylan Zeke and help from Riley Gilmore would give the Hawks a 3 – 2 lead and that is how the second period would end.
I am quite sure that neither Hawk or Twins fans have any nails left on any their fingers. It was nail biting action in the third. It was fast and furious and both teams had numerous chances to score but the heroics of both Twin’s tender Mario Fiorentino and the Hawk’s Ryan Hall prevented the lighting of a red lantern on either end of the rink. Make the final 3 – 2 Hawks and more importantly they now have a 2 game to 1 series lead.
Fiorentino was credited with stopping 33 of the 36 shots directed his way by the Hawks and Ryan Hall made 30 stops on the 32 pucks shot his way by the Twins. On this night, the Hawks would prevail in both specialty team areas going 2 for 8 on the PP and killing off all 5 of the Twins odd man advantages.
Game # 4 is scheduled for Tuesday at the Century Arena and puck drop goes at 7:30 p.m. After witnessing the first three games of this series, I can say with certainty that you DO NOT want to miss this one. It is going to be a dandy? See you at the Century.
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!
Game # 1 is officially in the books and that is pretty much all we will say. After all, it is only game # 1 and as was earlier predicted and pretty much verified last night, this is going to be a long, tough, hard fought series. There is not much to choose between these two combatants and as is normally the case, this series will be won by the team that is more determined, works hardest and is most willing to pay the price.
There were barely two minutes run off the clock when Meyer Neal opened the scoring for the Hawks in the first period. In the second, goals from Zach Odwak and Kyle Morton gave the Twins a one goal lead heading into the third. Cole Zadro would score on a Twins PP to give them some insurance and a two goal cushion. With the Hawk’s net vacant, Dylan Zeke would bring the fans to the edge of the seats with his goal with a minute and 45 seconds to go. The Hawks would apply pressure, including ringing a shot off the iron but the Twins would survive the late Hawk surge and head back to the cozy confines of the Century with a road victory and more importantly, a lead in the series.
Mario Fiorentino stood tall between the pipes for the Twins turning aside 36 of the 38 shots directed his way to earn the win. Ryan Hall stopped 31 of the 34 pucks he faced. Both goalies played well and gave their teams an opportunity to win. The Twins won both sides of the specialty teams battle, going 1 for 4 on their odd man advantages and killing off both Hawk’s PP opportunities.
These teams are set to do it all again on Friday, March 9th and the venue will be the Century Arena. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. It will be a dandy, see you there!