The Pembina Valley Hawks fought their way back into the win column over the weekend as both the boys and girls managed to snag at least one win to try and right the ship and start the month of December off right.
The Pembina Valley Hawks went 2-0 in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League after taking out the Norman Northstars in back-to-back games in Thompson. The boys won the first game 7-2 Friday night before needing overtime to get by the Northstars 6-5.
Hawks’ Cameron Brunn and Hayden Couling led the way offensively Friday night with two goals each. Pembina Valley players Riley Goertzen, Roux Bazin, and Andrew Boucher each scored in the victory. The Hawks put up 39 shots in Friday night’s game while going 2-for-4 on the power play. Brock Moroz made 33 saves for the win between the pipes.
Saturday’s game was a battle that dipped into overtime. The Hawks ended up coming away winners thanks to the six goals they managed to slide by the Northstars’ netminder. Norman was first on the board with four minutes left in the first but Bazin and Goertzen both found the back of the net to give Pembina Valley a 2-1 lead after 20.
The second cancelled out on the scoreboard, as both clubs managed to light the lamp twice to keep the game close. Bazin notched his second of the game 1:24 into the period before Goertzen scored the Hawks’ fourth goal of the night. Pembina Valley led the Northstars 4-3 after 40 minutes.
Tyson Allison got the Hawks going early into the third period when he scored three minutes in. The Northstars pushed back, though, and managed to get the tying goal with 23 seconds left on the clock. Campbell Ens got to play overtime hero as he scored 1:21 into the extra period. Goaltender Brock Moroz made 24 saves to pick up back-to-back wins.
The Hawks are on the road for their next two as the boys are set to take on the Wheat Kings in Brandon Saturday night before making the trip to Shoal Lake to face the Yellowhead Chiefs Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Girls battle through busy weekend
The Pembina Valley Hawks had three games in three days in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League (MFMHL) and managed to finish the weekend off with a 2-0 shutout win over Pilot Mound Hockey Academy (PMHA) Sunday.
The girls were on the ice Friday night for a second exhibition match-up with Balmoral Hall. The Hawks fell 2-1 with Tessa Odell scoring the Hawks goal in the loss. Kadynce Romijn made 31 saves in net for Pembina Valley.
Saturday, the Lady Hawks went the distance with first place Westman but ended up falling 1-0 in a tight battle that went past the final buzzer and into overtime. The Hawks were unable to crack the Wildcats’ netminder while Romijn made 32 saves to keep her team in the game and steal a point from the top-seeded club.
The girls’ final game of the weekend was against PMHA and the Hawks came out with the same intensity they had in Saturday’s game against the Wildcats and it paid off. Cambree Martens and Breanna Millions were the Hawks’ goal scorers in the match. Goaltender Kadynce Romijn played her third game in three days and stopped all 28 shots she faced for the shutout.
The MFMHL Winnipeg Showcase is this weekend and the Hawks will see another busy weekend with four games in three days. The girls go Friday against Interlake at 4:30 p.m. Pembina Valley has two games Saturday. The first is against Balmoral Hall at 8:45 a.m., the second is at 6:15 p.m. against Weyburn. The final game of the weekend is Sunday and is a rematch against PMHA at 11:45 a.m.
All four games are at the Bell/MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg.