WINCHESTER – The Winchester Hawks (14-30-1) were drubbed by the high-flying Ottawa Canadians (30-15-1) 7-3 Fri., Feb. 9 at the Joel Steele Community Centre.
The Canadians currently sit in second place in the Martin Division behind the Casselman Vikings.
Ottawa’s Joshua Filoso scored the game’s first goal on the powerplay after being set up by Justin Turner.
The Canadians furthered their lead in the second period when Mathieu Plante and Samuel Pollock both beat Hawks’ goalie Brent Pledge-Dickson.
Hawks’ newcomer Gabriel Morin scored on the powerplay with 30 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Dillon Clemen and Hunter Randell picked up helpers on the goal.
Randell brought the Hawks within a goal in the opening minutes of the third period. Joel Driscoll and Mitchell Robertson had the assists.
The Canadians separated themselves from the Hawks with four straight goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. Zak Karim and Turner each scored a pair of goals. Pollock, Filoso, Plante and Devin Saumur picked up assists on the goals.
Kristian Palmer chipped in the Hawks’ final goal with 1:58 remaining in the game.
Pledge-Dickson stopped 30 shots in the loss.
Kings 4 – Hawks 1
The Hawks were defeated by the Whitewater Kings (26-22-0-0) 4-1 at the Cobden Arena Sat., Feb. 10.
Jacob McIntyre scored 39 seconds into the game off a pass from Michael Karas.
After the remainder of the first period was scoreless, Driscoll tied the game 39 seconds into the second period. Palmer and Morin had the helpers on the goal.
Whitewater then sealed the win with three straight goals to close out the middle frame. Chad Moore, Peter White and Karas scored the markers.
Darien Johnson turned aside 28 shots in the loss.
Hawks’ head coach Bob Gould wasn’t happy with his team’s performance over the weekend.
“We just weren’t good enough both Friday and Saturday,” he said. “[We] could not score when we needed to and the goaltending was not up to where it should be either.”
As the Hawks play against top teams like Westport and Casselman in upcoming games, Gould said his team will need to step it up.
“We need to get better down the stretch with some tough teams coming up that are prepping for playoffs,” he said. “I think that we can be [better] after a good practice Wednesday night.”
One of the positives over the last few games has been newcomer Morin.
The 20-year-old plays for the Ottawa Junior Senators of the CCHL1. The Hawks used their last 20-year-old card to sign the forward as he completes an injury rehab assignment with the Hawks. Morin has four points in his first five games with Winchester.
“He could be the best player in this league if he was 100 per cent,” he said. “[He’s] just started to get his feet and timing back now as he really has not played junior all year.”
Hawks @ Vikings (Thurs., Feb. 15, 7:30 pm)
Rideaus @ Hawks (Fri., Feb. 17, 8:15 pm)