HAGERSVILLE — Their slow start now well behind them, the Hagersville Jr. C Hawks have come alive in recent weeks and slowly inching up the standings but Saturday night would be their biggest test of the season so far. They were up against the first place Glanbrook Rangers, Saturday night at the Hagersville Arena.
The Hawks have a new swagger now, knowing they are out of the woods from a horrific start. It began with 4-1 season opening loss, followed by a 3-2 loss, and a 5-4 OT loss, before recording their first win, Sept 22nd against the Port Dover Sailors when they put up a 5-2 win. But the Sailors came back with a 3-2 twin over Hagersville, and the Hamilton Huskies Jr. Blues took a 5-1 decision over the foundering Hawks. The Glanbrook Rangers piled on with a 4-0 win over the Hawks followed by a 3-2 OT loss to the Peach Kings.
But then, the Hag-Hawks enjoyed a 5-1 win over the Dunnville Mudcats on October 6th, and that was enough to turn the engine over in the Hagersville dressing room where they began to feel good about themselves, now seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Since. Oct. 11th, a 4-2 win over the Jr. Blues, a 2-0 shut out win over the Niagara Riverhawks, a 3-0 shut out against the Hespler Shanrocks, a 5-0 shut out win, their third in a row, over the Mudcats. They held off the Grimesby Peach Kings, Saturday, Oct. 27th, with a 1-1 tie-game. Wednesday, October 31st, the Hawks shut out the Shamrocks 3-0, before Saturday’s 4-3 win over Glanbrook.
They will be trying to continue their good fortunes Thursday night, Nov. 8th, in Niagara, and returning home for a date with the Huskies, Jr. Blues, Saturday night at home. The Hawks are one point behind the Niagara Riverhawks, in third place, seven behind second place Grimsby and nine points out of first place, occupied by the Glanbrook Rangers, who they know they can beat. Behind them are the Port Dover sailors, two points behind Hagersville but with two more games played. Hamilton, and Hespeler.