Hagersville Hawks can’t buy a win

HAGERSVILLE —The Hagersville Hawks are trying, but just can’t find that one goal or one save to turn a game around.

At present, they are second to last place in the Jr. C with a dismal 7-23-2-0 record. But they put a little real estate between themselves and the hapless Simcoe Storm who have a 2-22-1-2 record for last place.

But looking up the standings the next rung on the ladder to achieve is to overtake the Dunnville Mudcats who have eight wins against 13 losses, two ties, and an OT-single point loss and sit three points ahead having played two more games than Hagersville, who could overtake them this coming week.

After that, it’s only a one point step to reach the Niagara Riverhawks currently in fifth place, so there still is hope.

Last week’s games included a 2-1 Hag-Hawks win over Dunnville, Dec. 1st, and a 3-2 loss to the Dundas Blues.

Saturday night against the Blues, Hagersville controlled the puck most of the game, outshooting Dundas, 40-29, but came out on the short end of a 3-1 final score.

Ralph Taggart registered Hagersville’s only goal of the game, scored on a Hagersville power play at 11:51 of the second period.

Scoring for Dundas were Liam Donnelly, Chris Cudek and Steve Bell, the last two, shorthanded.

Friday was a better showing for the Hawks as they downed the Dunnville Mudcats 2-1 in Dunnville.

All the scoring was done in the second period when the sputtering Hagersville power play came to life, scoring two extra-man goals. That after Hart Cargo opened the scoring at 1:45. Nick Visser scored at *:26 with Nick Blake off, serving time for cross-checking. Then at 13:40, the winning goal was scored by Taggart with the man advantage.

There was no scoring in the third period and the Hawks hung on for the much needed win.

This coming week, the Jr. “C” Hawks will have to bring their “A” game when they travel to Glanbrook to challenge the first place Rangers who have lost only one game this season.

Saturday night, they are at home to the Port Dover Sailors.

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