Friday, February 8, 2013

Liem Posts Shutout In Road Trip Opener:

Jordan Liem made 36 saves; many of which rank among his best of the season, for his first SJHL shutout while leading the Nipawin Hawks to a 1-0 win over the Estevan Bruins last night at Spectra Place.

Tayler Balog got his 13th goal of the season with just 11.4 seconds left in the opening period, off a Jeff Datoff point shot that he deflected by Curtis Martinu, who made 21 saves in the loss. Tad Kozun also picked up an assist on the goal.

Earlier in the first, Garret Lockeridge dropped the mitts with Leighton McLaughlin. What a scrap this turned out to be, with Lockeridge taking a few at the start but he responded with the vast majority of the punches leading up to him taking McLaughlin down.

Balogs' goal came on the powerplay thanks to McLaughlin, who took a blow to the head penalty late in the first. The Hawks killed off all three penalty kills while scoring on their only powerplay.

Post Game Altercation
At the final buzzer, with the Hawks congratulating Liem on his first shutout of his Junior A career, tempers flared at the bench when a Bruins coaching staff member and Hawks' coach Doug Johnson got caught up in a brief verbal altercation. All the players gathered at center and despite it looking like a bad situation, no one got overly involved and no penalty minutes were assessed.

The Hawks moved forward as soon as they stepped foot on the bus, and the mindset of the player's has switched to the Weyburn Red Wings, who play host at Crescent Point Energy Place tonight at 7:30. Jordan Liem, coming off his first shutout as well as 3 of the last 4 starts, is expected to get his 3rd consecutive start while Jesse Roden could potentially return to the lineup.

Tonight's broadcast can be heard online at yourtownnews.ca at 7:15 with the pregame show, when we chat with Hawks coach Doug Johnson and Red Wings coach Darcy Pindus.

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