The boys and girls were busy over the weekend as the Pembina Valley Hawks saw two games in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League while the Lady Hawks played four games in three days at the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League Winnipeg Showcase at the Bell/MTS Iceplex.
Boys take 3-of-4
The Hawks first game of the weekend was against the Wheat Kings in Brandon and Pembina Valley came away with a 2-1 victory.
The Wheat Kings opened the scoring in the first period to take a 1-0 lead at the 10-minute mark. The Hawks took four penalties in the opening period but managed to only allow the one goal against. The Hawks outshot the Wheat Kings 9-7 through 20 minutes.
Pembina Valley managed to get on the board in the second. Riley Goertzen scored goal number 11 on the season to tie the game up at 1 five minutes into the second. Jacob Carels scored the game-winner 10 minutes later with Trent Penner and Ethan Carels picking up the assists on the go-ahead marker.
Dylan Meilun stopped 33 shots he faced in net for the Hawks and was the busier of the two goaltenders Saturday night as Wheat Kings goalie Dawson Green made 22 stops in the loss.
Sunday the Hawks took the third place Yellowhead Chiefs to overtime but ended up falling 4-3 after 62:11 worth of hockey.
The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in 30 seconds in the first period. The first marker went in at 18:34, the second at 19:03. The Chiefs outshot the Hawks 12-5 in the first period and controlled most of the game in the Pembina Valley end.
Hawks’ forward Tyson Allison took the team on his shoulders in the second and scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 2. Allison netted his first just over a minute in the second period on the penalty kill, then buried his second five minutes later while even strength. The Chiefs retook a 1-goal lead a couple of minutes later and still won the shooting race 11-9 in the second.
Derek Wiebe forced overtime in the third period when he scored for the Hawks with just over 4 minutes left in regulation. The final minutes ticked off the clock and overtime was needed to determine the victory. The Chiefs scored 2:11 into the extra period to secure the extra point. Hawks’ goaltender Brock Moroz made 21 saves in the overtime loss.
The Hawks are back on the ice Wednesday in Morden when Pembina Valley welcomes the Wild to Morden. That game gets going at 7:30 p.m. Saturday the boys visit the Central Plains Capitals in Portage la Prairie. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Girls in the spotlight
The Pembina Valley Hawks participated in the Hockey Manitoba and the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League’s Winnipeg Showcase where teams across Manitoba and Saskatchewan get the chance to play in one place giving college scouts a great look at the talent across the two provinces.
The girls opened the weekend with a 2-0 win over the Interlake Lightning to kick things off before dropping their next three games. The Hawks lost 9-1 to Balmoral Hall Saturday morning then 3-1 to Weyburn in the evening. The weekend was capped off with a 3-2 loss to Pilot Mound Hockey Academy Sunday morning.
The Hawks are in sixth place, three points behind the Caps and Selects who sit with 17 points, 3 points ahead of Pembina Valley. Westman sits in first place with 25 points, Yellowhead is in second with 21 and the Winnipeg Avros are third with 18 points. Yellowhead Chiefs Rylee Gluska and Jena Barscello sit one/two respectively in league scoring with 24 and 19 points. Pembina Valley scorer Cora Fijala sits in 11th with 4 goals and 9 assists.
The ladies take on the Central Plains Capitals Friday night in Portage la Prairie. The game gets going at 8 p.m. at Stride Place.