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Hag-Hawks had a busy weekend

Hag-Hawks had a busy weekend

HAGERSVILLE – The Jr. C Hagersville Hawks inched farther up the standings list with an 8-1 pounding of the Niagara Riverhawks Saturday night in Hagersville; followed Sunday by a 7-5 road win over the Port Dover Sailors. Thursday night, in Dundas, the Blues doubled up on the Hawks 6-3 to give Hagersville four of a

HAGERSVILLE – The Jr. C Hagersville Hawks inched farther up the standings list with an 8-1 pounding of the Niagara Riverhawks Saturday night in Hagersville; followed Sunday by a 7-5 road win over the Port Dover Sailors.

Thursday night, in Dundas, the Blues doubled up on the Hawks 6-3 to give Hagersville four of a possible six points last week. The Blues beat the Hawks on the ice and in the ally in a fight filled game that should set up a tough rematch this coming weekend.

Sunday night, Hagersville’s Ralph Taggart took advantage of a powerplay with Zach Carr and Matt Killip assisting to take a 1-0 lead, but the Sailors ended up taking a 2-1 first period lead with goals by Colton McLeod and Reiss Debrouwer in a well-played and entertaining first period of hockey.

The Hawks came back to draw even in the second by outscoring Port Dover 3-2. Dover goals were contributed by Brad Johnson and Eric Mueller, but Hagersville’s Matt Weston, Derek Friesen and Hayden Smith trumped Dover in the middle frame.

Steve Goeree put the reins back in Port Dover’s hands at 2:43, but Tanner Brennecke turned the tide with back-to-back goals scored 34 seconds apart to take back the Hagersville lead. Friesen put the game away at the 19-minute mark with his second of the contest to go with his two assists for a four-point night, and the game winner.

Back home Saturday night, Hagersville had its way with the Niagara Riverhawks to the tune of an impressive 8-1 drubbing.

Clayton Millard and Matt Weston scores twice each to power the Hawks past the lethargic Riverhawks. Shaun General, Travis Bell, Isaac Taylor and Hayden Smith chipped in with one goal each while Derek Friesen was accumulating a total of three assists to remain at the top of the Hawks’ scoring list with 18 goals and 41 assists in 32 games so far this season.

The Hawks go into this week’s games in forth place with 35 points, seven points behind Port Dover and Glanbrook, both with 42 points. Grimsby still rides atop the division with 61 points from 30 wins, 3 losses and a tie game.

They could make up some more ground with a Tuesday night win over Simcoe in a game that missed our deadline. This coming Saturday, Jan. 14, Hagersville will host the visiting Dundas Blues, before heading to Grimsby for what could prove to be a very important matchup with the first place Peach Kings.

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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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