WINCHESTER – It never rains but it pours, so the old saying goes.
And for the Winchester Hawks, the sobering rain they have been going through is about to become a deluge.
Friday (Sept. 29) night at the Joel Steele Community Centre the Hawks dropped a 5-3, empty net goal, decision to the Alexandria Glens. Sunday (Oct. 1), they were mauled 9-2 by the Panthers in Embrun. The back-to-back setbacks left Winchester (1-7-0-0) in last place in the Martin Division rankings.
But, the eye of the storm lies ahead as the Hawks have to face the Ottawa Canadians (6-1-0-0) in Friday’s (Oct. 6) home game. The next day (Sat., Oct. 7), they will board the bus and head to Centre 76 in Athens where they will tangle with the Athens Aeros (4-4-1-0). And there will be no let up on Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 9) because they are scheduled to make the trip to Carleton Place to meet the Richardson Division-leading Carleton Place Junior Canadians in a 3 pm matinee.
Winchester’s head coach Bob Gould said the team has to stay positive and work hard in tonight’s (Wed., Oct. 4) practice as they prepare for a busy weekend playing three games in four days.
“We also need to make some roster moves this week and hopefully bring in some more depth both up front and on the back end as well,” he said.
Referring to Friday’s 5-3 loss to Alexandria the coach said, “definitely we should have won Friday and I thought that we deserved a better result for sure.”
Gould said that up until the 9-2 drubbing in Embrun the team was still getting better and improving.
“But, we took a couple of steps back and lost to a better team, but not a 9-2 better team,” he added.
Glens 5 – Hawks 2
Prior to Friday’s game against the Glens, executive-player alumni Al Van Bridger performed the ceremonial face off. The club is planning to have a member of the alumni drop the puck at home games throughout the team’s 50th season. On Fri., Oct. 13, with the Casselman Vikings providing the opposition, the Hawks will honour former executives.
Alexandria took a 2-0 lead in the first period and carried a 3-1 advantage into the final frame. A goal by Caden Shwertz (Kieran Gaynor, Anthony Urbisci at 18:49) cut Winchester’s deficit to 4-3, unfortunately the Glens sealed the deal pumping home an empty net goal 34 seconds before the final buzzer sounded.
Miguel Pare netted the first two Winchester goals. Shwertz, Mitchell Robertson, Gaynor and Kyle Kuehni drew the assists on those plays.
Connor Lahey faced 39 shots in the loss.
Embrun 9 – Hawks 2
Evan Landry (unassisted at 4:05) cashed Winchester’s first-period marker. Hunter Randell (Kuehni, Pare at 19:53) netted the second with seven seconds left in the game.
Embrun outshot the Hawks 52-21 and fashioned a 5-1 lead in the opening 20 minutes. Period two was scoreless.
Jeremy Barrie (3), Andrew Burke (2), Jacob Lamont, Noah Haymes, Justin Brennan and Cameron Burk were Embrun’s marksmen.
Jean-Pascal Sabourin made 19 saves for the win. Brent Pledge-Dickson got the start, gave up five goals on 20 shots and was replaced by Lahey who played the final 40 minutes and allowed four goals on 32 shots.