WINCHESTER – Nineteen games into their 50th season, the Winchester Hawks have little to celebrate having won just twice.
Sunday (Nov. 5) evening’s Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2) tilt with the Richardson Division’s number-two ranked Carleton Place Junior Canadians (13-6-1-0) was definitely a low point going into the books as an 8-0 loss.
Last Friday (Nov. 3), the Hawks were in Alexandria and managed to net a single puck as they dropped a 7-1 decision to the fifth-place Glens (9-7-1-1).
“It may be hard for people to believe, but we actually played our best first period of the year in Alexandria,” offered Hawks head coach Bob Gould. “We outshot them 15-9 and it could have been better for us as we outplayed them for almost 20 minutes, but were devastated to come out that period down 2-0.”
With just four points to their credit, the Hawks stand last (eight teams) in the Martin Division rankings, topped by the Ottawa Canadians (17-2-0-1) who have collected 35 of a possible 40 points. The Char-Lan Rebels (5-14-1-0) hold down seventh place with 11 points and are Winchester’s closest competition.
The third period opened with Winchester’s newly acquired forward Joel Driscoll being awarded a penalty shot, which was unsuccessful. Alexandria held 2-0 and 5-0 period leads on the Hawks before Kyle Kuehni (SHG, Hunter Randell, Dillon Clemen at 10:34) cracked his team’s lone goal closing the gap to 5-1.
The Glens responded with back-to-back PPGs by Austin Ladouceur (11:25) and Scott Hope (14:54) expanding the final difference to 7-1. Alexandria’s PP went three for four and the Hawks 0-4.
“It just feels like we have absolutely no puck luck right now,” added the coach.
The Glens outshot the Hawks 45-37.
The Hawks were out gunned 40-26 by Carleton Place and trailed 2-0 after a period and 5-0 after 40 minutes in Sunday’s 8-0 whitewashing.
Coach Gould said he would like to respond with a “No comment” following the weekend’s results, but said, “For the most part the effort is there and they work hard, but obviously not hard enough.”
“We will get back on the horse at practice and see what we can do at home on Friday [vs. Ottawa West],” he added.
This week the fourth-place Ottawa West Golden Knights (11-4-2-1) will visit the Hawks at the Joel Steele Community Centre for an 8:15 pm puck drop.
Saturday (Nov. 11), Winchester is scheduled to visit the Richardson Division-leading Rideaus (13-5-1-1) in Westport. They next stop is slated for Brockville on Wed., Nov. 15 where they will tangle with the Tikis (4-15-0-0). The Hawks next home game is set for Fri., Nov. 24 when the Casselman Vikings (14-1-2-0) will provide the opposition.