ANCASTER — The first head to head match up between the third place Hagersville Hawks and the second place Grimsby Peach Kings began on Monday, February 18 at the Niagara Junior C. Head Office.
The starting period was promising, as the Hawks were the first and last to score for the full length of time as Ralph Taggart buried from Anthony Grigg and Tycie Cowan. However, Taggart was called for slashing and sat in for a too-many-men call minutes between.
In the second, the Peach Kings seemed to do the same as the Hawks did in the first, as they returned the goal to tie the game and end the period 1-1. They also racked two penalties, one for hooking and the other for interference.
This gave both teams equal footing by the third. But the Hawks gave up the first goal of the period to a power play for the Peach Kings. This opened a series of consecutive goals by the Peach Kings, who racked up another two, making the game 4-1.
Unnecessarily, the Peach Kings made the game outwardly aggressive. They earned a full six penalty minutes for infractions from high sticking to interference, and a game misconduct for checking from behind throughout the period.
With forty seconds left, Luke Erauw scored from Hayden Smith and Adam Carusello, finalizing the game 2-4 for the Peach Kings.
Their next home game will be Game 4, on Saturday February 24 in the Hagerville Arena at 7:30 p.m..