HAGERSVILLE – It would be an understatement to say the Hagersville Hawks were hungry for a win Saturday night when they faced the Niagara Riverhawks in Hagersville.
Right from the opening face-off, the Hagersville Hawks were determined to turn their season around. The Hag-Hawks came out on fire hitting two posts and forcing a hi-lite real save all within the first five minutes of the game.
Ralph Taggart scored at 9:45 of the first period. Harrison Larochelle and Nick Visser made it a 3-0 game by the five-minute mark of the second period. That is when Niagara shooters found their range with two goals, but Cam Allan scored for the Hag-Hawks late in the second to head into the third period with Hagersville leading 4-2.
Riverhawks’ Jacob Sadler opened the third period scoring bringing Niagara within a goal at 2:34, which is where the score stayed until a late game flurry.
Riley Richer made it 5-3 for Caledonia and Saddler answered at 19:22, but with one second left in the game, Taggart scored his second of the night for the 6-4 final. Ryan Guy earned the Hagersville win in goal.
The Hawks moved out of last place this past weekend, but five points left to overtake the Canucks after leaving the Simcoe Storm to reside in the divisional basement.
The Hawks will be trying to build a launch pad for a turn around when they face the Storm in Hagersville, Tuesday, and Dunnville on Saturday night.