WALKERTON – Hawks fans saw a far different team on Friday, Oct. 29 from the one they’ve been watching since the PJHL Pollock Division’s regular season started at the beginning of the month.
It wasn’t so much changes in the roster, although management continues to fine-tune and make trades (Evan Visser has been traded to the Wingham Ironmen for Hayden Robinson and Owen Gemmell), but a matter of attitude. The team Friday night certainly had plenty of it as they hosted the Kincardine Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs got off to a strong start, scoring twice in the first period before the Hawks got on the board – Bryce McFadden from Austin Waite and Wilson Shipp, and McFadden again, this time from Parker Miller and Carson English. Then Jamie Damignani scored for Walkerton on an assist from Keegan Fischer.
The second period was much the same, with the Bulldogs scoring twice more before Walkerton got one in the Bulldogs’ net. Kincardine goals were by Jordan Moulton from Steven Grant and McFadden, and Grant from Moulton and McFadden. The Hawks kept pouring on the pressure, and in the closing seconds of the second period, it paid off when Kyle Durrer scored on assists from Brayden Fischer and Keegan Fischer.
Walkerton took control in the third period and tied the game – Durrer’s second of the night from Keegan Fischer and Connor Prins, and Hayden Robinson from Damignani and Durrer with mere seconds on the clock. That sent the game into overtime, during which no one scored.
The Hawks have another home game on Friday, Nov. 5 when they host Mount Forest at 8:20 p.m. The next day they have a 7:30 p.m. game in Zurich where they play Goderich.
Walkerton fans should note that public health measures are still in effect. People in the stands are required to show proof of vaccination with photo identification when they enter.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times