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Hawks earn 3 out of 4 possible points heading into final week.
(Wednesday February 14th 2007)
Hawks fans, get excited, the playoffs are just around the corner and the Hawks have proven themselves to be among the league's elite. The team will likely finish second in the St-Lawrence where they will meet the Morrisburg Lions in the opening round. Now while I'm sure you can't wait for playoff info to be made available remember we are still in the regular season, and last Friday the Hawks hosted the 1st overall Alexandria Glens in a battle of league powerhouses.
The Glens would in fact open the scoring 15:54 into the first period, however the Hawks would come storming back, when Tony Manitia found the back of the net less then a minute later, helpers went to Enright and Winchester. In the second the Hawks would seemingly take control with two powerplay goals less then a minute apart. Scott Bradley from Bowie and Collins and Tony Manitia from McBain would be the scorers. The Glens would however connect on two of their own powerplays tying the game before the horn sounded to end the period. The hats would fly for Tony Manitia early in the third, as he restored the Hawks lead, assists went to Winchester and McBain. The lead would once again, not last as the Glens got their 4th powerplay goal of the evening 3 minutes later. Time continued the tick off the clock and both teams headed into a 5 minute overtime period tied at 4. Both teams would get their opportunities for the extra point, however the goalies held their forts and the St-Lawrence's power teams would have to settle for a tie. A fitting end to the season series as both the Hawks and Glens have been neck and neck all season. Two days later the Hawks would make the trip to Char-Lan for a final meeting with the Rebels.
The only goal of the 1st period would belong to the Hawks, Nick Enright would notch his 17th of the season with help from Winchester and Manitia. The second period is where the floodgates would really open. Tony Manitia would add to this goal total early in the period with assists going to Winchester and Boulanger. The Rebels would cut the Hawks lead in half three minutes later. This would however not slow the Hawks down, as Nick Enright got his second of the game from Manitia and Krumans to restore the Hawks 2 goal lead. The Rebels, feisty as they are responded with another goal, to once again make it a one goal game. Matt Walsh put the Hawks up by two again, with help Bradley and Boulanger. Ben Collins notched his 39th of the season from Bowie and Leduc and Alex Krumans made it 6-2 for the Hawks late in the second with assists going to Leduc and Collins. In the third, Matt Walsh would record an un-assisted shorthanded goal, and Ben Collins got number 40 from Bowie and Leduc to round out the scoring at 8-2 for the Hawks.
The Hawks (28-9-1-0) will close out the home portion of the schedule on Friday, when they host the Morrisburg Lions (24-12-1-1), the 2006-07 regular season officially comes to an end on Sunday when the Hawks travel to Kemptville to take on the 73's (20-14-2-2).
In playoff news, the defending champions, the Ottawa West Golden Knights have swept the Metcalfe Jets in the Metro division preliminary round. The Knights will take on the Clarence Beavers in the Metro division semi-finals, check back to the playoff pages often as teams clinch spots and games are decided.
Hawks win one and drop two as season nears it's end.
(Thursday February 8th 2007)
Here we are, the tail end of the 2006-07 regular season, with only a handful of games left for the Hawks, and a number one spot in the division still up for grabs, every point counts. On Friday the Hawks traveled to Morrisburg to take on the Lions.
The Hawks would be the first to break the ice, when Ben Collins notched a powerplay goal from Bowie and Cameron. Early in the second the Lions would get the equalizer only to have the Hawks retake the one goal lead a minute later when Ben Collin would get his second of the night from Bradley. The scoring rush would not end here, the Lions would once again tie the game. 8 seconds later the Hawks were once again be celebrating when Cory Hyubregts found the back of the net for his first of the season from Casselman and Walsh. Hats off to Ben Collins (pun intended) who at 15:02 of the period recorded his third goal of the game from Collin Bowie to up the Hawks lead by one. Colin Bowie would in fact get his own only three minutes later, this time from Cameron and Collins. The Hawks skated off the ice after two periods with a comfortable 5-2 lead. Nick Enright would add another for the Hawks late in the final stanza, from Leduc and Walsh. The Lions would however get one more past Kyle Neville to make the final score a 6-3 Hawks win. The win stretched the teams win streak to an impressive 9 games. The Hawks would look to continue to their winning ways the next evening when they hosted the Kemptville 73's.
The 73's are making a push for 3rd place in the division, and made their point felt early on. Holding a 1-0 lead before the half-way mark of the 1st period, the 73's would add another late to take a 2-0 advantage into the second period. However the break between stanza's didn't do much to change the flow of the game, as the 73's notched two more less then a minute apart to take a commanding 4-0 lead. The Hawks would find an answer in Steve Leduc who notched his 1st in a Hawks uniform on the powerplay at 13:56 of the period from McBain and Winchester, and he wouldn't be done there. Late in the period Mr. Leduc would get his second of the night and season, this time shorthanded from Wardlaw and Winchester. In the third however any hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed when the 73's added one early to make it a 5-2 game. They would add another late in the game to round out the scoring at 6-2. The loss was Winchester's first since December 29th, the team would get a chance to rebound, as a re-scheduled game was set for Tuesday night in Morrisburg.
The Lions would get the only marker of the first period, however this low scoring was not to last. Ben Collins tied the game for the Hawks early in the second on a goal from Boulanger and Walsh. The Lions would however take charge, taking a 3-1 lead before the halfway mark of the period. The Hawks would come storming back, scoring twice in 14 seconds to tie the game. Tony Manitia on the powerplay from Bowie and Brad Smith from Armstrong and Leduc were the point getters for the Hawks. The Lions would re-take their lead several minutes later, however Alex Krumans managed to tie the game late in the period on the powerplay goal, an assist was given to Brad Smith. A poor start in the 3rd is likely what broke the Hawks back in this game, as the Lions would get 2 more to take a 6-4 lead in the final frame. The Hawks would get within 1 when Steve Leduc banged one in late on the powerplay from Bowie and Smith. With a pulled goalie the Hawks tried desperately to get the tying marker, however the Lions would send the puck into the guard less net to seal their win, 7-5.
This weekend is most likely the Hawks (27-9-0-0) last chance to make a push for 1st in the division. On Friday the Hawks host the current leaders the Alexandria Glens (27-5-2-2) in the two teams last meeting this season. On Sunday the team will travel to Char-Lan to take on the Rebels (7-27-2-0).
The playoffs are already underway in the Metro/Valley conference, as it stands currently, the Stittsville Royals hold a 1-0 series lead over Arnprior, the Shawville Pontiacs have a 2-0 edge over Carleton Place and the Renfrew Timberwolves lead 2-0 over the Perth Blue Wings, stay tuned has more teams clinch their playoffs spots and series are decided.
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