Junior ‘A’ Hawks hockey makes a splash in Alexandria
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Several hundred hockey fans took in last Friday night’s debut of junior ‘A’ hockey in Alexandria, as the Hawkesbury Hawks paid a visit to the Glengarry Sports Palace, where they prevailed over one of the top-ranked teams in the country, the Carleton Place Canadians.
The victory came in large part due to the heroic effort of Hawks goaltender Matthew Petizian, who turned aside 42 shots.
He held a shutout until the last minute of the game, when Connor Hill snuck one past the Hawkesbury netminder.
The Hawks opened the scoring 5:51 into the contest, when, whilst short-handed, David Caza scored his first of the season. Tyler Boivin earned the lone assist.
Ten minutes later, the Hawks added another shorty, as Michael Marleau found the target with an unassisted tally.
There was no scoring in the second period, though there was a steady parade of players to the penalty box.
The Canadians were afforded five power plays in the game, capitalizing on none, whilst surrendering the two aforementioned shorties.
Hawkesbury went zero-for-two with the man advantage.
The Hawks fired 30 shots on the Carleton Place net.
For one member of the Hawks in particular, last Friday’s visit to Alexandria was special. Kieran Craig, a rookie centreman, says, “It was obviously fun to play in my hometown and especially nice to see a good crowd” in the stands to support the team.
The Sept. 29 game in Alexandria came about as the GSP ice was available, with the Glens playing in Winchester that night.
The Hawks have been bounced from their home rink, the Robert Hartley Sports Complex, due to problems with the dehumidification system during the recent stretch of hot weather. This caused a number of problems at the facility, with two home games in September postponed as a result.
Hawkesbury’s (5-4-0-0) adventure continues too, with another “home” game booked for Alexandria on Friday, Oct. 6, at
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8 p.m., with the Nepean Raiders (2-7-0-0) providing the opposition.
The team will also be playing “home” games this month in Vankleek Hill and Rockland.
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HOME ICE: Kieran Craig, of the Hawkesbury junior ‘A’ Hawks, strives to avoid Carleton Place’s Cade Townend at the blue line, as he breaks into the offensive zone flanked by teammate Tanner Tarbell, on the power play. For Craig, this Sept. 29 game at the Glengarry Sports Palace was a homecoming, as the CCHL rookie hails from Alexandria.