The Pembina Valley Hawks teams were in action over the weekend and the boys split a weekend series with the Thistles in Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League action in Kenora while the girls dropped a couple of games to fall in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League standings.
The Hawks opened their weekend trip to Ontario with a 5-2 win over the Thistles. After falling behind 1-0 to start the first period the Hawks rebounded with 4 unanswered goals to take a 4-1 four minutes into the third period. Riley Goertzen, Zander Carels, Andrew Boucher, and Cameron Brunn were the Pembina Valley goal scorers.
The Thistles managed to get one back halfway through the third period but Hawks’ Roux Bazin dashed Kenora’s hopes of a comeback to make it 5-1. Pembina Valley goaltender Dylan Meilun made 17 saves to pick up his fifth win of the season.
The Hawks were a little off in the second of back-to-back games. This time Pembina Valley scored first to take a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period but the Thistles answered back to tie it up before the end of the frame. Michael Hlady scored the first goal of the night for PV.
Kenora broke out front for their first lead of the game early in the second. The lead didn’t last too long, though, as the Hawks knotted the game at 2 halfway through the period. It was Hlady again who lit the lamp to notch his second of the game and eighth (8) goal of the year.
The home team ran away with the game in the final 20 minutes as the Thistles managed to get four past Hawks netminder Dylan Meilun to lock up the victory. Tyson Allison scored Pembina Valley’s only goal of the third period. Meilun made 21 saves in the loss.
The Hawks, Thistles, and Bruins are all tied in seventh place with 20 points after the weekend’s matches. The Hawks sit 9-0-1-1, the Thistles are a perfect .500 at 10-10 through 20 games, and the Bruins are 10-9. The Wild are in first with just one loss this season. The sixth-place team is Eastman with 27 points (13-8-0-1).
The Hawks’ next challenge is Friday when the Norman Northstars make the trip to Morden from Thompson for a couple of games. Friday night’s game gets going at 8 p.m. The two teams go again Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Morden.
Girls sliding in standings
The female midget Hawks lost their third game in-a-row Sunday when the girls fell 3-1 to the Westman Wildcats in Hartney after losing 7-0 to Balmoral Hall in an exhibition match held in Morden Saturday evening to start the weekend.
The only thing the Hawks can take away from Saturday’s game was the fact that it wasn’t a regular season match and didn’t affect their position in the MFMHL standings.
Saturday’s match was a little closer against the first place Wildcats but the girls still ended up on the wrong side of the score sheet. The score was 2-1 for Westman after 20 minutes. Pembina Valley captain Kaila Powell scored a shorthanded marker to keep the Hawks within one. The Hawks allowed a shorthanded goal with under a minute left in the game.
Kadynce Romijn got the start between the pipes and made 26 saves for the loss.
The Hawks slipped another spot in the standings and now sit in sixth place with a 5-5-1-1 record. Westman sits in first place with 21 points, Yellowhead is in second with 17 points, and the Winnipeg Avros are in third place with 16 points. Eastman is one point ahead of the Hawks in fifth place while the Central Plains Capitals are fourth with 15 points, so the standings are tight and with a few wins, the Hawks could climb back into fourth.
The girls have a very busy weekend with three games in three days. Their first game is an exhibition rematch against Balmoral hall Friday night at 6:25 p.m. at the Bell/MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg. Their next match is a rematch with the Wildcats Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in Morden. Their final game of the weekend is an exhibition match Sunday against Pilot Mound Hockey Academy at 2:30 p.m. in Morden.