WINCHESTER – Winchester Hawks goaltender Brent Pledge-Dickson was named the game’s first star following a 5-1 loss to the defending Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2) champion Casselman Vikings.
Perhaps Pledge-Dickson should have received the medal of valour or perhaps the Purple Heart – after all he was battered by 60 shots and made 55 saves in a decision that snapped the Hawks’ three-game winning string and moved their record to 4-2-0 in their last six starts.
Period one of last Friday’s (Nov. 24) encounter at the Joel Steele Community Centre was scoreless even though the Vikings outshot their hosts 18-7. The period totals went to 18-9 and 24-11 for a 60-minute tally of 60-27.
Winchester broke up the scoreless contest when Miguel Pare (Hunter Randell at 8:26) beat Casselman ’tender Nicholas Campbell early in the second stanza.
Before the end of the session, Brendan Doherty and Ryan Sabourin found the range and put the Vikes up 2-1.
Brad Richardson (a former Hawk who has collected 12 points in 12 games since joining Casselman), Doherty and Ethan Wensink cracked third period markers driving the final difference to 5-1.
Hawks head coach Bob Gould acknowledged that Casselman was a very good team, but also pointed out that they are a much older and experienced team than Winchester.
“But, our boys still played tough and gave it their all,” he said.
Win number six
The Hawks pulled off a huge upset last Tuesday (Nov. 21) crushing the Martin Division-leading Ottawa Canadians (24-4-1-1) 4-2 right in their own barn at the Earl Armstrong Arena.
“It was a very impressive win against the best team in the league,” noted Hawks coach Bob Gould. “The boys definitely worked hard again.”
Pare (1-2-3) and Kyle Kuehni (1-2-3) pegged second-period goals for Winchester and were named the first two stars of the game. Randell (GWG, Kuehni, Pare at 3:25) and Jordan Chagnon (empty net Mitchell Robertson at 19:25) cashed third-period markers.
Pledge-Dickson stopped 32 of 34 shots for the win.
Hawks GM Keith Ashton swung a trade of forwards last week sending Griffin Patterson (18 GP5-7-12) to the Embrun Panthers in exchange for Cody McLennan (25 GP 2-4-6).
The Hawks are hosting a pair of games this weekend with the Richardson Division Richmond Royals coming to town on Friday (Dec. 1 – 8:15 pm) and the Embrun Panthers providing the opposition on Minor Hockey Day, Sat., Dec. 2. The puck will drop at 3:15 pm.