Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hawks Head On Road Happy:



  It was an exciting battle on Tuesday night in Nipawin as the Hawks welcome the Humboldt Broncos to the Cage. In one of the best games I have seen all season, the Hawks managed to score in timely situations including a late goal by Michael Lambert that sealed the 3-2 win. Highlights are available below!

Dylan Fluter opened the scoring  on the man advantage after a goal mouth scramble had Davis Jones down and out, with Fluter sweeping the puck in for his 9th of the year. Exactly 3:30 after that, it was the Hawks turn as Jesse Bernard started the breakout with a pass up the wing to newcomer Ben Johnstone, who went tic-tac-toe with Wheaton King, who finished the play on his 13th of the year. Humboldt was great in the opening period, outshooting the Hawks 15-7 but being stuck in a 1-1 tie.

Five minutes in to the 2nd, Jeff Datoff would get caught hooking a Bronco, giving the Broncos their 2nd powerplay of the night. Logan Sproule got the puck to Joey Davies who worked it in to the corner allowing Cody Pongracz to walk to the slot and rip a shot by the block side of Jones to get the Broncos in front. Once again though, the Hawks responded around three minutes later as the big, strong line of Carter Coben, Carter Danczak and Garret Lockeridge went to work. Danczak found the rebound on the very side of the net and just got a piece of it, burying his 4th of the year. With a tie game, the Hawks seemed to steer momentum in their direction as the 2nd period  wore down, despite getting out shot 12-10 in the period.

Nipawin continued to move the puck forward in the final frame, getting several chances on netminder Matt Hrynkiw. Jones made a few great saves at the Hawks end as well, as the two teams exchanged pressure. Carter Coben can take some credit for this next play, as he took a hard check from David Miazga, popping his helmet off and into the air causing the ref to call a roughing penalty. That's a call the Broncos would want back, as Michael Lambert would tip home a shot from Jeff Datoff at the 3:37 mark to send the smaller, yet louder Nipawin crowd to a frenzy. Hrynkiw would be summoned to the bench late but the Hawks persistence kept forcing the Broncos to the neutral zone while keeping the puck away from their goalie. The Broncos called a time out, followed by a crowd chant of Go Hawks Go, followed by the final buzzer going off to improve the Hawks record to14-9-1-4, good for 33 points which is 3 back of the Broncos, who fell to 17-10-2-0.

Davis Jones was remarkable making 38 stops for the win, while Matt Hrynkiw had 26 stops in the loss. For the Hawks, the style they played the second half of the game is the style they'll need to play on the road trip this week as Thursday night the Battlefords North Stars will host the black 'n gold, followed by the Kindersley Klippers playing host on Friday. Both of those games will be broadcast on CK750 and online at Your Town News .CA beginning at 7:15, with puck drop set for 7:30.

There are two home games left before the Christmas break, as Notre Dame will be in town on Sunday, beginning at 6:00 at the Centennial Arena, followed up by the Stars paying a return trip to Nipawin on Tuesday night, and that one will start at 7:30.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

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