Hagersville Hawks losing altitude

DUNDAS/DUNNVILLE – It wasn’t a good week for the Jr. C Hagersville Hawks as they dropped both games and fell into sixth place in the eight-team league. Heading into this week’s games, the Hawks were poised to leapfrog into third or fourth place in the tight centre section of the standings.

However, despite a valiant effort, the Hawks could not overcome the Dundas Blues Thursday night in Dundas. Kevin Jaczenko slipped one past Hagersville goalie Johan Capriotti at 3:39 of the first period for the only goal of the opening frame.

Capriotti was remarkable in the second period as the Blues poured 18 shots at him, compared with six from Hagersville. He held firm in the scoreless period and gave his team a chance to come back in the third.

But the Blues would not be denied in the third, as Cam McConnell and Jaczenko put more distance between themselves and the Hawks early in the third period.

Matt Rimac got the Hawks going at 10:53, still enough time to overcome the 3-1 deficit. But Dan Pelosini put the last nail in the coffin for Dundas at 14:57. Jacob Soloman scored Hagersville’s second goal of the game at 18:26 for the 4-2 final score, and second straight loss of the week for the Hawks.

Next action for the Hawks is Tuesday Dec. 2nd at home to face the Grimsby Peach Kings in a late 8:30 p.m. start.
Last Tuesday, the Hawks took it in the chin from the Dunnville Mudcats with a score of 5-2 in Dunnville. The Cats took a 2-0 first period lead, then added a third to start the second period before Matt Rimic scored from Dan Mederios. Shortly after, Kyle Phibbs pulled to within one, assisted by Jacob Brown and goalie Curtis Dortenzio.

Chad Springer restored Dunnville’s two-goal lead before the period ended, 4-2 for the Mudcats. Dunnville accounted for the only goal of the third period.

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