Hagersville Hawks looking for another surge

HAGERSVILLE — The Grimsby Peach Kings put a speed-bump in the road for the surging Hagersville Hawks Saturday at the Hagersville Arena.

Grimsby leads the division with 18 wins, three losses, and a tie for 37 points heading into this week’s Jr. C hockey action, however, they have played more games than the next four teams.

Hagersville has played 19 games with game number 20 coming up Tuesday night and will miss our deadline. They have nine wins, seven losses a tie and OT loss.

Jacob Balca scored for the Kings, shorthanded, at 14:29. There was no scoring in the second frame as Justin Easter kept the Hawks close, stopping 15 of 16 shots over two periods.

The Peach Kings expanded their lead to 2-0 at 4:37 of the third period. A late Hagersville goal breathed some life back into the Hawks when Patrick Sanelli got Hagersville on the board with a power play goal scored at 16:59 from Tycie Coswen and Peter Cappucci.

But with Easter on the bench for an extra attacker, the Kings took advantage of the open net with one second remaining for the 3-1 Grimsby win. Next up for the Hawks as mentioned is Tuesday versus Hespeler, in Hagersville before taking the show to the Gale Centre Thursday to face the Niagara Riverhawks. Saturday, the Hawks will be hosted by the Hespeler Shamrocks for an 8:30 start at the Hespeler Arena. They stay on the road Sunday for an afternoon matinee matchup with the Port Dover Sailors.

Including Tuesday, should Hagersville sweep all four games, it would be worth eight points, and could close the gap on the Peach Kings and the second place Glanbrook Rangers.

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