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Hagersville Hawks can’t find their wings

Hagersville Hawks can’t find their wings

By Jim Windle HAGERSVILLE — The Jr. C Hagersville Hawks are not off to a great start to the new hockey season, by anyone’s standards now with one win to show for six starts, but the season is still very young and so are some of this year’s roster. The fifth loss came Saturday night

By Jim Windle

HAGERSVILLE — The Jr. C Hagersville Hawks are not off to a great start to the new hockey season, by anyone’s standards now with one win to show for six starts, but the season is still very young and so are some of this year’s roster.

The fifth loss came Saturday night in Hagersville when the visiting Hamilton Huskies Jr. Blues, formerly the Dundas Blues, took the better end of a 5-1 score. The Huskies’ Chris Cudek waited until there was two seconds left in the first period to slip one in on Jamie Ferguson in the Hawks net.

It was almost “second verse, same as the first” as the teams remained scoreless until 19:48 when Connor Pilon made it a 2-0 game with Hawks’ Jacob Lauretani in the box for spearing.

The good news was that the Hawks fought hard to stay with the third place Huskies, despite being burned twice with late goals.

In the third period, the Hawks were tagged with an early period slashing call which turned into Hamilton’s third goal, scored by Colin Kijowski at 2:28. Then, with a man short, Stephen Bell scored a shorthanded and it was 5-0.

Patrick Sanelli broke the Hagersville’s goose-egg at 8:12 from Peter Cappucci but a little more than a minute later Carter Franks scored the game clincher for the 5-1 final score.

The Hag-Hawks have a golden opportunity to turn their whole season around this week with three games on the plate, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, when they fly into Glanbrook to face the undefeated first place Rangers. Then, Friday night it won’t get any easier in Grimsby with the second place, Peach Kings, before returning home to host the floundering Dunnville Mudcats.

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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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