Ju­nior ‘A’ Hawks hockey makes a splash in Alexan­dria

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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

NEXT DEAD­LINE: Fri­day, Oct. 6, noon

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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SEAN BRAY PHOTO

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.

Ju­nior ‘A’ hockey took over the Glen­garry Sports Palace on Fri­day.

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