HAGERSVILLE— Clearly it was quite a statement made by the Hagersville Hawks.
Showing that commitment towards winning a championship, the Hawks approximately a month or so ago got that much more dangerous as they went out and officially acquired high scoring forward Sandy Porter.
So far, Porter has made the offence more lethal with his last multiple point game coming on Sunday, January 12th where he scored a goal and added an assist in helping the Hawks with their sixth straight with a 4-2 road win against the Port Dover Sailors.
“We acquired him from Norwich (Merchants),” Hawks G.M./Coach Todd DeMille said. “We watched him last year. He skated at our summer camp and we wanted him on our team. He has a great shot and is a threat on the ice.”
After sitting out Saturday’s 5-1 win at Hagersville Arena against the Dundas Blues, Porter returned against Port Dover for what was his 10th game in a Hawks uniform which with that two- point game has seen him score two goals and six points.
“I started out this year at French River (Rapids), then went to Norwich then Hagersville,” Porter said. “I was an AP last year (with Hagersville) so I knew them (players). It’s pretty exciting playing here. It’s where my cousins played and it’s great to follow in their footsteps.”
Heading into weekend action third overall in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Overall Standings, Hagersville gave fans plenty to cheer about on Saturday night against Dundas.
Grabbing some early momentum, the Hawks scored 43 seconds into regulation on a goal from Harrison Larochelle before Dundas responded approximately five minutes later with the tying goal.
It wasn’t until the second when Hagersville took control as they celebrated consecutive goals less than a minute apart from Peter Cappucci, with an assist going to Tycie Cowan, followed with only 15 seconds left in the period by Ralph Taggart which gave them a 3-1 lead heading to the third.
“Everyone is working hard, and we’ve found a way to win,” DeMille said. “Working on consistency. Keeping the pucks deep and sticking to the system.”
That definitely worked in the third as Hagersville once again shut out the Dundas shooters while scoring two more goals from Luke Erauw and Brendan Judson on the power play as they cruised to their fifth straight win.
After finishing the weekend with a win in Port Dover, the Hawks are only one point behind the Glanbrook Rangers for second and three behind the Grimsby Peach Kings for first overall.