Monday, February 4, 2013

Hawks Flying Down Final Stretch:

It wasn't a full 60 minute performance, but the Nipawin Hawks scored when they needed to en route to a 4-2 win on Saturday night over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

Eli Lichtenwald opened the scoring when he walked out front of beat Myles Hovdebo for his 4th goal of the season. Tad Kozun continued his hot hand, adding an assist along with Grant Jensen. Kozun, who improved to a point per game average, has now picked up 12 points in his last 9 games, a stretch that includes 8 goals.

Davis Jones would then chip in offensively, setting up Dexter Bricker's 7th of the year.

Jones has also seen a big improvement since September 21st, seeing his save percentage rise from .883 in October, to .928 in December, to a near-unbeatable .951 in the month of January. To go with that, Jones
sports a 1.51 GAA in the past month's games, and a fresh commitment to Alaska-Fairbanks University.

Jesse Bernard would then get his first of two with 6 minutes left in the 2nd, with just :01 left on the powerplay. Wheaton King and Ben Johnstone paired up for the helpers, on each of Bernard's goals.

In the third, with the Hawks outshooting La Ronge 31-24, Carl-Phillipe Ouimet got the Ice Wolves on the board, with his 3rd goal of the season. Bernard would respond 19 seconds later to restore Nipawin's two goal lead.

Late in the period, AP call-up Jason Duret, of the Prince Albert Mintos, got the Ice Wolves within two goals on his first SJHL goal in his 1st game as an Ice Wolf since exhibition, when he scored 5 goals against Melfort.

Despite plenty of fish being collected off the ice in the final period, the Hawks hung on for a win and improved one step closer to over-taking the Flin Flon Bombers for 2nd in the North Conference.
Davis Jones finished the night with 41 saves, while his counterpart Myles Hovdebo stopped 38 at the other end.

Both teams went 1-for on the powerplay, with the Hawks having 5 opportunities, and the Ice Wolves 6.

The Hawks have perhaps the biggest test of the season on Tuesday when they travel to the EPA in Humboldt to face the red-hot Broncos, who they defeated just short of a week ago on home ice, 2-1.

That game can be heard throughout much of Saskatchewan with Branden Crowe and Dustin Scafe beginning at 7:15 on CK750 and yourtownnews.ca!

Hey, Hawkey fans! Don't forget to check out hockeytube.net, it's the best site for Hockey videos since YoutTube, except you don't have to deal with non-hockey related clutter!

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