WINCHESTER – The Winchester Hawks had a tough weekend, losing games to Perth and Whitewater.

On Fri., Feb. 2, the Hawks travelled to Perth where they fell 7-0 to the Blue Wings.

Perth opened the scoring in the first period on the powerplay after Nathan MacKechnie beat Hawks’ goalie Darien Johnson.

The middle frame saw Johnson let in two goals on a hefty 18 shots.

Colin Baggio scored both of the Perth goals, with his second being on the man-advantage. Joey Laird picked up assists on both of Baggio’s goals.

Perth cushioned the lead with four goals coming from four different players to close out the game.

Laird scored the first tally off a pass from Baggio just over a minute into the final period.

Baggio netted his third goal of the game midway through the third period after being set up by Laird and Matt Knight-Bedour.

The Blue Wings scored their sixth and seventh tallies in the final minutes of the game. Anthony Douchant and Ethan Vaslet were the goalscorers.

The Blue Wings had a big game on special teams, going 2/3 on the powerplay and 5/5 on the penalty kill.

“The boys forgot to mentally show up on Friday night in Perth and of course it showed on the ice and on the score clock as well,” Hawks’ head coach Bob Gould said. “We simply lost to a much better team that has been on the rise lately to secure a playoff spot.”

Kings 5 – Hawks 4
The Hawks fell to the visiting Whitewater Kings 5-4 Sun., Feb. 4.

The Kings opened the game with a pair of goals coming from Johnathan Ready and Quinn Vanhoof. Michael Karas and Dylan Kuehl had assists on the goals.

The Hawks were able to get one back with 42 seconds remaining after Joey Driscoll buried the puck into the Whitewater net. Miguel Pare and Brett Romain tallied helpers on the goal.

Both teams exchanged goals in the second period with Whitewater’s Vanhoof striking first midway through the period.

Fred Lemay responded on the powerplay for the Hawks with less than two minutes left in the second period. Winchester’s captain Dillon Clemen and Driscoll set up the Lemay goal.

Anthony Urbisci tied the game up for the Hawks at 4:17 in the third period, but the deadlock was short-lived.

Vanhoof completed his hat trick to restore the Whitewater lead on the powerplay.

Peter White cushioned the Kings’ lead to two goals four minutes later. Jacob McIntyre and Nicholas Olmstead had assists.

Hunter Randell put the Hawks within a goal at 19:00, but that would be as close as Winchester would get.

The goal was Randell’s 23rd of the season, putting him in the top 20 in the CCHL2 goal-scoring race.

“Hunter has been a huge addition for us and is just one of those guys that puts it all on the ice every shift and never stops,” Gould said. “His work ethic has been amazing and he rarely disappoints as he just never quits out there.”

Up next:
Ottawa Canadians @ Winchester (Fri., Feb. 9, 8:15 pm)

Winchester @ Whitewater (Sat., Feb. 10, 7 pm)