WALKERTON – The Walkerton Hawks had a busy weekend with three games, getting one win but losing the other two.
Friday night the Hawks hosted Goderich and earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
After a scoreless first period, Brayden Fischer scored from Kyle Durrer and Connor Borth to put the Hawks up by one. Goderich replied with a goal by Kyler Patterson from Keegan Greer but Owen Tichbourne broke the tie for the Hawks on assists from Brayden Fischer and Keegan Fischer.
In the third period, Walkerton took a 3-1 lead on a power-play goal by Keegan Fischer from Tichbourne and Brayden Fischer. Goderich closed the gap with just over three minutes left in the game with a goal by Ethan Hill from Matthew Schwartz, but that was it for scoring, much to the delight of Walkerton fans.
It was a different story Saturday in Mitchell, when Walkerton lost 6-2. In a relatively penalty-free game, the home team took a 3-0 lead in the first perod – Tyson Hall from Carter Lewis and Callan Ferguson on the power play, Charlie Rankin from Sean Chisholm and Nolan Gagnier, and Mark Cassidy from Lewis and Alden McMann.
Mitchell added a fourth goal in the second period, Chisholm from Gagnier and Carter Musselman, before Walkerton got on the scoreboard seconds later – Brayden Fischer from Durrer and Connor Prins. Mitchell got two more only seconds apart – Cassidy from Lewis and Caleb Musselman, and Tyson Hall from Cassidy and Lewis. Walkerton got a second goal before the end of the period – Jamie Damignani from Hayden Robinson. That proved to be the final goal of the game, with no scoring in the third period.
Sunday afternoon saw a powerhouse Wingham team claim a 7-2 victory over the Hawks at the Walkerton arena.
The Ironmen scored first, Austin Becker from Evan Visser (recently traded from the Hawks) and David Kozak. The Hawks got into some penalty trouble toward the end of the first period, holding back Wingham for a couple of minutes. However, a four-minute penalty was more than they could handle and the Ironmen scored on the power play, Jonah Burley from Visser and Kyle Stanbury.
The Hawks weren’t ready to give up, scoring twice in the second period – Brayden Fischer from Durrer and Caleb Morrison, and Elliott McCarey on the power play from Owen Troyer. However, Wingham also scored twice in the period, both goals shorthanded – Matt Tolton from Coleson Fischer, and Stanbury from Trevor Donaldson and Fischer, for a 4-2 lead.
The Ironmen got three more in the third period, Austin Becker from Donaldson and Burley, Stanbury from Tolton and Nate Bloemberg, and Bloemberg unassisted to end the game with a 7-3 victory.
Hawks fans will have to forgo the Santa Claus parade and travel to Kincardine on Saturday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.to see their favourite team play this coming weekend, since the next home game is Friday, Dec. 3 at 8:20 p.m.
COVID-19 provincial restrictions remain in effect, meaning fans will have to show proof of vaccination and photo identification to enter the arena, and list their name and phone number for contact tracing purposes.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times