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Hagersville Hawks do everything right, but win

HAGARSVILLE The Jr. C Hagersville Hawks lost 3-2 to the Chippawa Riverhawks on Saturday evening at the Hagersville Arena. But it was a game that seemed to go exactly opposite as to what one might expect.

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Ceasare Caidoroni is stoned by Hagersville Hawks netminder Matt Murphy Saturday night in Hagersville. Despite being outshot 48-27, the Riverhawks stole the 3-2 win. (Photo by Jim Windle)

HAGERSVILLE The Jr. C Hagersville Hawks lost 3-2 to the Chippawa Riverhawks on Saturday evening at the Hagersville Arena. But it was a game that seemed to go exactly opposite as to what one might expect.

The Hawks were completely dominant on the ice, recording 48 shots on Colin Dunne in the Chippawa net while Hagersville goalie Matt Murphy was called upon 27 times. Chippawa was assessed a total of 74 minutes in penalties compared to Hagersville’s six, creating 15 powerplay opportunities but no powerplay goals for the Hawks.

It just seems that everything went in the Hawks favour except the final score.

The Riverhawks scored first at 8:48 when Adam Quait put the Hawks on the board in a wild, action filled first period that saw 36 shots on goal in total. Derek Medeiros evened the score with an unassisted goal with 58 seconds remaining.

Surprisingly, there were no penalties in the first period, but that all changed in the second with a long string of extra curricular misconducts and major penalties, mostly assessed to the Riverhawks.

Hagersville’s Eric Drehmer gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead at 1:47 assisted by Chris Martin but the Riverhawks countered at 9:16 with Joseph Costello’s tying goal from Michael Rogers.

Rogers eventually scored the winner at 2:35, ironically, on the Riverhawks’ only powerplay opportunity of the game.

The Hawks and the Grimsby Peach Kings are now locked in a battle for first place after 17 games played.

Hagersville will take on the Dunnville Mudcats this Saturday in Hagersville before bussing it to Simcoe, Sunday to try and calm the 8-10-0 Storm.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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