Golden Hawks knocked from lofty perch

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goalie gim Witkowski.

Tom rel­ished his team’s early ag­gres­sion. “We came out really strong. We were work­ing hard at get­ting the puck deep. The puck started bounc­ing our way in the be­gin­ning.”

The good for­tune did not last as Chero­kee ral­lied dur­ing a fren­zied sec­ond pe­riod to take a 5-4 lead, set­ting up a phys­i­cal fi­nal 1S min­utes. The Hawks missed a golden op­por­tu­nity to take the lead when two si­mul­ta­ne­ous Chief penal­ties set up a two-minute, 5-on-P power play. “We needed to cap­i­tal­ize on that 5-on-P. Very rarely do you get 5-on-P’s for a full two min­utes. We were set up pretty well and were get­ting good shots but we couldn’t fin­ish.”

When the fi­nal buzzer sounded, pouth found it­self on the short side of an U-5 score. The King had been knocked from his lofty perch, end­ing not only the sea­son but also the scholas­tic ca­reers of sev­eral valiant se­niors.

Though dis­ap­pointed, Tom put his ca­reer with the Hawks in per­spec­tive. “We had a really good reg­u­lar sea­son and we were play­ing well in the play­offs but we were un­lucky against Chero­kee. I still have plenty of high­lights. Win­ning the states Ein 2M12) was the best and the clyers Cup cham­pi­onship was on televi- sion and we recorded it so I can look at over and over again.”

It is cer­tainly tough to fall from the moun­tain but the time spent on top pro­vides many a great me­mory.

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Photo by John Glee­son

Jared Her­sh­man (R) pres­sures Chero­kee goalie for the Golden Hawks.

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