WINCHESTER – Coach Bob Gould reunited his top line of Kyle Kuehni, Hunter Randell and Miguel Pare and that trio came through big time for the Winchester Hawks combining for six goals and 15 points as they knocked off the fourth-place Ottawa West Golden Knights 9-5.
Last Friday’s (Nov. 10) victory at the Joel Steele Community Centre was just the third in 20 starts for the Hawks, but significant in the fact the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2) squad’s offence produced points.
“We definitely got some bounces and some puck luck as well, which was nice to see as I believe the boys deserve it,” Gould said. “We have been in a lot of games, which could have gone either way, but we have been creating chances and not finishing.”
Rideaus 5 – Hawks 3
The following evening (Sat. Nov. 11) a trip to Westport saw the Hawks clipped 5-3 by the Martin Division’s top ranked Rideaus (14-5-2-1).
Gould reported Saturday night’s tilt on the banks of big Rideau Lake was another good game.
“I told the team it was definitely our best back-to-back performances of the season,” he said. “So the key now is to continue on that path as our young and inexperienced team still seems to be improving, which is a good sign.”
The Rideaus jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead, but the Hawks responded with three of their own goals in period two as Fred Lemay (PPG, Christophe Lemay at 10:12), Joel Driscoll (PPG, Fred Lemay, Mitchell Robertson at 14:33) and Joel Driscoll (PPG, Fred Lemay, Christophe Lemay at 18:34) found the back of the Westport net.
Westport carried a 4-3 lead into the final frame and closed the deal with an early goal by Matthew Seed.
The Hawks were out shot 44-40. The newly acquired Darien Johnson backed up Brent Pledge-Dickson for the second straight game. Johnson was acquired in a deal with Westport where he compiled a 5-3-0-1 record and a 2.97 GAA. Fred Lemay was named second star of the game. The Lemay brothers re-joined the Hawks for Friday’s win and have added a noticeable spark to the team’s attack.
Hawks president Keith Ashton also completed a deal last week that sent veteran defenceman Ian Ogden and forward Shane McCrank to the Perth Blue Wings.
Hawks 9 – Knights 5
The Hawks blitzed Ottawa West taking a 5-1 lead in the opening 20 minutes. It was 7-3 after two periods and 9-5 at the final buzzer.
Winchester’s top line of Randell (2 PPG, 3-2-5), Kuehni (PPG, SHG 2-3-5) and Pare (1-4-5) produced 15 points and were named the game’s three stars.
Fred Lemay (2-0-2), Joey Driscoll (1-0-1), Dillon Clemen (0-2-2), Christophe Lemay (0-1-1), Joel Driscoll (0-1-1), Dakota Seaman (0-1-1), Evan Landry (0-1-1) and Graeme Buffone (0-1-1) rounded out the Hawks’ offence.
Winchester’s road trip continues tonight (Wed., Nov. 15) with a stop in Brockville where they will tangle with the Tikis (4-18-0-0). Friday (Nov. 17) they are in Embrun to challenge the Panthers (15-7-0-2) and next Tuesday (Nov. 21) it’s a date with the Martin Division’s top team – the Ottawa Junior Canadians (19-2-0-1) – in Ottawa.
Next home game is set for Fri., Nov. 24 when the defending CCHL2 champion Casselman Vikings will visit Winchester.