Friday, October 12, 2012

Hawks Give Parents More Than A Handful:

It was Parents and Billets Night for the Nipawin Hawks on Friday, and the sons of 19 families(read on....) gave their parents a huge treat, scoring nearly a dozen times en route to a 11-4 shellacking of the Weyburn Red Wings.

The game began with a presentation that saw the players skate from the dressing room across the ice to their parents with flowers in arms. Nice for the parents for sure.

Maybe the flowers were giving off some sort of magical odour, because the Hawks came out hard, and never looked back. It only took 3:24 for the Hawks to strike first, and it was a wonderful play cycling down low between Brady Zerr, Yan Kalashnikov and the newest Hawk, Artisiom Kalashnikov. Arti, as they call him, is the 6 month younger brother of Yan and will surely provide added comfort and confidence for both brothers. Back to the goal, Arti got a wraparound and buried to open the scoring. Drake Brown would beat Davis Jones with just under 5 to go in the period making it 1-1. Most of the first period was played back and forth, but the Hawks went up a couple when Taylor Balog and Tad Kozun began their multi-point nights assisting on Dexter Bricker's 1st of the night. Cody Fiala would deliver a punishing yet very dirty hit on Garret Lockeridge, and fights would follow between Michael Lambert and Ryan Cooper, and Dustin Skilliter and Fiala. Shots would end up being 11-10 in favor of the Red Wings after one, and the Hawks led 2-1.

In the second, Nipawin seemed to find their gas pedal. Brady Zerr got it going 4 minutes in with Keenan Martens and Tad Kozun drawing helpers. The Hawks pressured but found themselves down 2 men at the 8:00 mark, but somehow it was the Hawks that capitalized while down a man. Wheaton King fed the puck to Jesse Bernard who went down shorthanded and beat Weyburn netminder Nate Ferris. :30 seconds later, they did it again, this time it was Tad Kozun off a pass from Taylor Balog. 4 minutes after that, Dexter Bricker capitalized on the man advantage, with Ben Petros and Carter Danczak getting assists on the 6-1 goal. Miguel Pareira added one for Weyburn with just over 5 minutes to go, but their momentum wouldn't last long as Tad Kozun made it 7-2 moments later. Shots after the 2nd were 23-17 for the Hawks, and they lead 7-2.

3 minutes in to the final frame, Carter Danczak got the puck to Jesse Bernard who set up Wheaton King for his first of the night. 2 and a half minutes later, the Hawks found themselves on the powerplay and Tad Kozun gave Taylor Balog the tap in, making it 9-2. The third period seemed to drag on and then the bubble broke when Jeff Datoff moved the puck up to Jesse Bernard, who gave King his 2nd of the night. With 5 minutes left, Kyle Oleniuk picked his spot on Jones, and attempted to give his team some life. His work would prove handy as Matt Martin made a fancy move and beat Jones for his 2nd of the season and to make it a 10-4 game. But the night would end just how it started, as Dexter Bricker scored with just 3 seconds left from the goal line. Both Kalashnikov brothers had assists but I see the SJHL removed them. The Hawks dominated the Wings in the third as well, out shooting them 17-6, and overall 50-34. The Hawks gave their parents a heck of a night, and won 11-4 and improved to 4-3-0-1 on the year.

I was very impressed with the entire Hawks team tonight, they all played with real intensity. Getting Arti and Yan together was huge for both of them and I think along with Brady Zerr, they will make a strong line this season. Tad Kozun looked to be much more confident tonight as well, as did Jesse Bernard. There wasn't many dark spots for the Hawks, and now they have a week to fine tune things for their Friday night game with the Kindersley Klippers. Puckdrop on Friday is 7:30 at the Centennial Arena.

Tomorrow is the 8th annual Hawks Fish Fest at the White Fox Community Hall. It begins at 6:00 and if you would like to go, it's 30 bucks a plate and the night will have music by Touch of Grey. Get tickets at the Hawks office or Scotiabank in Nipawin.

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