HAGERSVILLE – The Hagersville Hawks were eliminated from the PJHL Jr. C playoffs but they did not go easy against the Dundas Blues. The Blues finished the regular season schedule nine points ahead of Hagersville going into the playoffs.
Saturday night in Hagersville, the best-of-seven series ended with Dundas taking a 3-0 Game 6, and the series, 4-2.
The series began Feb. 8th in Dundas where the Hawks surprised the Blues 3-0 in front of their hometown fans. The Hawks lost Game 2 7-6 on overtime to make it a five-game series. It was a real heartbreaker with Dundas sending it to OT just eight seconds shy of the Hawks taking a two-game advantage.
Hagersville responded with a huge 5-1 effort in Dundas to take the series lead again. Last Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Blues reversed that score to even the series again, at two games each. It was now a best of three.
Tuesday, Feb. 15, ended with another 5-1 score as the Blues took Game 5 at home, putting the Hawks against the wall going into Saturday’s Game 6.
The teams fought to a 0-0 first period and at 3:11, of the second period, what would stand as the winning goal was scored by Dundas’ Chris Cudek. Hagersville outshot the Blues in that period 17-11 but Jamie Ferguson was in the pocket in the Blues’ net and was going to be very hard to beat.
A cross-checking call to Keegan Cumming at 6:40 of the third, resulted in a Dundas Blues power-play goal at 7:39 to make it 2-0.
With a two-goal disadvantage and a clock ticking off the 2018 hockey season for the Hawks, the game got ugly with Cumming, Zach Carr, Nick Chiarot and Otasowie Omeregie all getting penalized in the last seconds.
Meanwhile, Brandon Waterhouse deposited the puck into Hagersville’s empty net with goalie Jamie Ferguson off for the extra man, for the 3-0 final.
It has not been a good season for the Hawks. The first half of the season was less than spectacular but late in the regular schedule, the Hawks began to take flight, albeit in fits and starts, they were still showing signs of life.
Game 1 of the series may have been the Hawks best game of the entire season, and something to build next seasons Hawks from.