WALKERTON – An enthusiastic crowd of Walkerton and Hanover fans filled the stands at the Walkerton arena on Friday night, Nov. 12, to see the Barons and Hawks in PJHL Pollock Division action.
Walkerton held Hanover back until the third period, when the Barons took control and ended up winning the game 6-2.
It was the first loss of three this past weekend for the Hawks. A trip to Mount Forest on Saturday resulted in a narrow 5-4 loss for the Hawks, followed by a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the Wingham Ironmen on Sunday.
Friday night the Barons came out strong and were up 2-0 (Owen Torrie, and Tyson Lina short-handed) before Jamie Damignani scored for the Hawks on an assist from Owen Tichbourne and Austin Brown.
The second period was similar, with Hanover scoring two – Alex McGillivray from Dean Sealey and Trent Verbeek, and Tayden Hannivan from Kyle Detweiler and Samson Walsom to Walkerton’s one – Owen Troyer from Connor Prins.
The third period belonged to the Barons – Verbeek from Jonah White and Walsom, and Verbeek again from Lina, to win 6-2.
In the game against Mount Forest, the Hawks took an early 2-0 lead in the first period Caleb Morrison from Kaleb Smith and Brayden Fischer, and Elliott McCarey from Connor Borth and Keegan Fischer.
The Hawks built up their lead by one more, Hayden Robinson from Brown and McCarey, before the Patriots came alive and tied the score – Benjamin Tenhag from Aaron McGuirk and Brock Reinhart, Jared Rowe from Christopher Prucha and Reinhart, and Prucha short-handed from Riley Torrie.
Mount Forest took the lead in the third period, Prucha from Darcy Winkler and Calan Tanzi-Foshay but the Hawks tied it at 4-4 with a power-play goal by Damignani from McCarey and Fischer, pushing the game into overtime.
A Hawks penalty gave the Patriots the man advantage, and they scored – Winkler from Reinhart and Derrick Cornfield – for the 5-4 win.
Sunday’s shutout in Wingham saw no scoring by either team in the first period and only one by the Ironmen in the second by Kyle Smeltzer. But the Ironmen took over in the third period and scored four goals – Jacob Rauser, Kyle Stanbury on the power play, Smeltzer again, and Austin McKeachnie short-handed for the 5-0 shutout.
The Hawks have another three-game weekend coming up, two of them at home – Friday, Nov. 19 against Goderich at 8:20 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. against Wingham. Saturday, the Hawks travel to Mitchell for a 7 p.m. game.
Fans must show photo identification and proof of vaccination when entering the Walkerton arena.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times