WINCHESTER – Thanksgiving weekend losses to the Ottawa Canadians, Athens Aeros and Carleton Place Canadians have left the Winchester Hawks with just one win in 11 Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2) starts.
Last Friday (Oct. 6), the Martin Division-leading Ottawa Canadians (8-1-0-0) invaded the Joel Steele Community Centre and outshot the hometown Hawks 48-20 on their way to a 7-1 victory.
The next evening (Sat., Oct. 7), the host Athens Aeros (7-4-1-0), the second-place team in the Richardson Division, pumped another seven pucks into the back of the Hawks cage as they went on to post a 7-3 decision.
Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 9) Winchester visited the Richardson Division’s top team, the Carleton Place Junior Canadians (10-4-0-0), and emerged on the wrong end of a 5-3 verdict.
This week, the defending CCHL2 champion Casselman Vikings (7-1-1-0) will visit Winchester for an 8:15 pm contest. Sunday evening (7:15 pm), the new Whitewater Kings (5-3-0-0) will be in town to take on the Hawks.
Ottawa 7 – Hawks 1
Kyle Kuehni (Ryan Mann, Miguel Pare) cracked the Hawks’ lone goal at 18:29 of the third period spoiling JP Donnelly’s shutout bid.
Ottawa led 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes on a pair of PPGs and carried a 4-0 advantage into the final frame. Zak Karim potted two of the Canadians seven goals.
Winchester’s Hunter Randell was named the game’s third star.
Aeros 7 – Hawks 3
Saturday in Athens, the Aeros trailed the Hawks 1-0 thanks to Griffin Patterson’s (Neil Gummeson, Joey Driscoll at 7:01) goal.
Athens cracked three second-period markers taking a 3-1 lead. They pumped in three more in the first 7:30 of the third period before Kuehni (Evan Landry, Dillon Clement at 9:00) connected for the Hawks. Gummeson (Patterson, Driscoll at 18:04) rang up his second goal of the game cutting his team’s final deficit to 7-3.
Gummeson was named the game’s second star.
The Hawks outshot the Aeros 35-30.
Monday in Carleton Place, the hometown Junior Canadians took a 2-0 lead on the Hawks in the opening 20 minutes and made it 4-1 after two periods.
Hunter Randell (Pare at 18:38) put Winchester on the board late in period two. Dillon Clemen (Landry, Kuehni at 9:13) cashed the visitors third-period marker. Both goals came on the power play.
Randell (6-1-7), Kuehni (2-5-7) and Griffith Patterson (2-5-7) are Winchester’s top three scorers.