The Fish Report

Sunday March 8, 2020

Final: 3-0 Twisters

So Endeth the Regular Season.

Although we fell to the Twisters to finish off our schedule, we can take away a few things upon which to build going into the playoffs against them.

1) After being outshot 18-12 in the first period, we outshot them 29-17 for the rest of the game…our work effort was evident, we got numerous pucks to their net and were battling all game to get on the scoresheet.

2) We have gotten under the Twisters’ skin. They get frustrated by our tenacity and gave us five power play opportunities last night. Although our PP has been unfulfilled, of late, it feels like once we break through with a man-advantage marker, the floodgates will open.

3) We have beaten them in their own barn this season. We have proven to ourselves that we have the means and the manpower to give ourselves a fighting chance in our upcoming playoff series against them.

The Twisters are a talented bunch but they do have an Achilles Heel. The more body contact they receive, the less discipline they exhibit. They seem more intent on retaliation than self-control. It could be their undoing.

Last night Mulligan totally got under Pembina’s skin. He was a one-man wrecking crew and played with great energy and effort. The Twisters hacked and high-sticked Tanner a half a dozen times. Were it a different referee, we might have seen all those incidences end up with us on the power play. Petras had a spring in his step and Smith was back and looking fleet and fired-up with each shift.

We have our work cut out for us, no denying that. However, our boys have shown their resilience in battling back from our mid-season injury-fest and by stepping up their effort recently so that we are ‘in’ every game.

The playoffs always bring about a different level of play and we are ready for it. We have two healthy goalies who can both steal games with their cage magic. We have a healthy Captain who has shown poise and strength down the stretch. We have four hard-working lines who believe in each other and a solid D-core backing those lines.

All the pieces are in place…let’s engage the Twisters in a series they’ll not soon forget.

– Fishmum

The Fish Report – 50th Anniversary Alumni Night

Friday March 6, 2020

Final OT: 4-3 Canucks

Another point to our total but a bitter taste with an OT loss with only 3.5 seconds remaining.

A hefty crowd filled Eric Coy last night and it was great to see former Hawks mingling and mixing and cheering on our current troops. Susan Gilmore, again, did a magnificent job of organizing the occasion with her tireless work and we thank her and, of course, all the Hawk board and volunteers for their efforts to put the evening together. The 50/50 quadrupled its normal amount and some lucky patron headed home with $415!!

We got off to a bit of slow start, gave up an early goal and went 0/4 on the power play in the first. Then St. James made it 2-0 midway through the second and it felt reminiscent of Thursday night’s game vs. St. Vital where we trailed 3-0. However, we did not despair and battled back.

Welcome back to Gorenstein who played a strong game and was solid on the back line. He got the puck to the net and Lawrence banged in the disc to make it 2-1 with five minutes left in the second. Matty Law has been a constant producer, of late, and is playing his best hockey of the season. Canucks did tally once more late in the second to pull ahead 3-1 on a power play.

Early in the third, Robinson fired a seeing-eye laser over the glove- hand of the Canucks’ keeper then six minutes later on a power play, Opperman and Hansell moved the puck around and to the crease where Seremet bodied one into the net as he crashed the crease…3-3!

We exchanged chances and Wicha continued his tough play and ended up scrapping with an annoying Canuck (they are all very annoying) and got the better of him so both were sent packing with five and a game. Canucks are a much despised group and, although they move the puck well, they seem more insistent on the cheap shots and dirty tactics. I am not a fan of them, whatsoever.

Gardiner, Ferbers and Hess all played great and are in playoff form. Fisher continues to dole out well-timed, clean body checks and his efforts get our boys fired up.

We played back-and-forth, three-on-three overtime and both teams had numerous close chances throughout. With time ticking down, St. James got one more rush and an unfortunate bounce send the puck tumbling over Hall into the net as time was about to expire. Hall played great in his second game back from injury as we were outshot 40-26. 

St. James arrogantly celebrated their victory and added to my dislike of them. What a treat it would be to wipe that smirk off their collective faces down the road in a late playoff match-up.

We close out our regular season when we play the #1 Twisters tomorrow night in Morris and can vault into 7th and maybe 6th place with a win. Whomever we meet in the first round are aware of our recent gelling and will not look forward to seeing us in a best-of-Seven.

Now to tweak our PP and our arsenal will be complete.

– Fishmum