WINCHESTER – It’s been a season of frustration thus far for the hometown Winchester Junior Hawks.
A critical step forward in the form of a win against the Whitewater Kings Sun., Oct. 15 at the Joel Steele Community Centre is now overshadowed by a two-game losing streak.
The Hawks welcomed the Renfrew Timberwolves to the village Fri., Oct 20, and dropped a 5-0 decision to the visitors.
Period one was scoreless, but the Timberwolves clawed their way into a 2-0 lead in the second frame on goals from Luka Marinic and Curtis Foster.
Alex Paquette potted two for Renfrew in the third period, and Colby Cochrane put the game out of reach for Winchester just before the game ended.
The contest was relatively uneventful, with just 12 minutes in penalties going to the Hawks and six for the Timberwolves.
Renfrew went two for six on the powerplay, while Winchester failed to cash a goal on three opportunities.
Conor Lahey guarded the Hawks’ cage, getting shelled with 45 shots and giving up five goals. The Timberwolves netminder, Bennett Oxborough, stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout.
Golden Knights 3 – Hawks 2
Winchester’s weekly slate launched in the nation’s capital at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena Thurs., Oct. 19 where they faced the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
Both sides traded goals in the first period, with Joey Driscoll getting the Hawks on the board, and Justin Turner responding for the Golden Knights.
Ottawa went ahead 2-1 in the second period thanks to Shawn Timlin.
Christophe Lemay pulled Winchester even early in the third period, but the hometown squad was to be foiled by an old friend.
Former Hawk Franco Gagnon lifted the Golden Knights to victory near the end of the period.
Winchester goaltender Brent Pledge-Dickson faced 42 shots, stopping 39, while Golden Knights shot blocker Cameron Iob stopped 27 of 29 shots faced.
The game was a calm one, with the Hawks taking just four minutes in the penalties, and Ottawa being assessed with two.
Both sides went goalless on their powerplay opportunities.
Two losses in two games has pushed the Hawks’ Martin Division record to 2-13-0-0 and a lowly four points.
Winchester will look to rebound with three games this week. Last night (Tues., Oct. 24), the Hawks were in Williamstown to tangle with the seventh-place Char-Lan Rebels (4-10-1-0).
After that contest, it’s two dates with Richardson Division opponents. The Arnprior Packers (6-9-0-0) are in Winchester Fri., Oct. 27 for an 8:15 pm contest, while Winchester heads to Renfrew Sat., Oct. 28 for a 7:30 pm date with the Timberwolves.
The Hawks’ lineup, meanwhile, has been adjusted slightly.
Parker Grant has been shipped to the Westport Rideaus, while Brad Richardson was traded to the Casselman Vikings.
Coming back from the Vikings were Graeme Buffone and Shane McCrank.
Christophe Lemay, meanwhile, has rejoined Winchester. Last season, Lemay was second in team scoring, posting 13 goals and chipping in with 19 assists for 32 points in 31 games played.