The Pembina Valley Hawks were in action over the weekend as both teams edge closer to the Christmas Break in both the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League and the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
The Lady Hawks ended the weekend with a huge win over first place Westman Wildcats when Pembina Valley took out the top team 2-1 after falling 3-2 to Central Plains Capitals Friday night. The Wildcats were first on the board Sunday but the Hawks bounced back with a strong second period to take a 2-1 lead.
Keanna Clark and Hawks’ captain Kaila Powell both found the back of the net in the middle frame. Erica Pouteau, Tessa Odell, Cambree Martens and Cora Fijala all picked up assists in the victory. Goaltender Kadynce Romijn made 23 saves in net to pick up another win this season.
The girls have a couple of games left before taking some time off for the holidays. The Hawks welcome the Winnipeg Avros to Morden Friday night at 8 p.m. before taking on Central Plains again Saturday at 12:30, also in Morden.
The MFMHL standings are still tight. The Wildcats sit 13-4-1 and in first place with 27 points. Yellowhead is in second place with 22, Central Plains is in third place with 21 and the Avros and Selects sit tied in fourth with 20. The Hawks are behind them with 16 points just ahead of the Winnipeg Ice who sit with 15 points. The Interlake Lightning are in last place with just four points.
The boys managed to pick up some points in the MMHL this weekend as the Pembina Valley Hawks took down the Central Plains Capitals 5-3 in Portage la Prairie.
The boys opened the scoring in the first period when Hawks Tyler Park and Andrew Boucher both found the back of the net to give Pembina Valley a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. The Caps tied things up in the middle frame but Hawks’ Michael Hlady scored with 18 seconds left in the second. All five goals scored through the first two periods were power play goals.
The Caps again tied the game up early into the third period when Cameron Trimble scored the first even-strength goal of the game. The Hawks continued to hold most of the time-on-attack through the third and it paid off on the penalty kill. Derek Wiebe scored with 7 minutes left to put Pembina Valley up 4-3 with a shorthanded marker.
Hlady popped in an empty net marker to seal the win for the Hawks. Pembina Valley netminder Brock Moroz stopped 30 shots faced in the victory.
The Hawks sit in seventh place in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League with 13-10-3 record and 29 points. Currently, the Wild sit in first place with a 22-3-1 record while the Winnipeg Thrashers hold the second place spot at 19-6-4. Yellowhead and Eastman are tied in third with 40 points. Southwest has 39 points and the Brandon Wheat Kings have 38 points, 10 points ahead of the Hawks.
The Hawks are back in action Wednesday night when the boys visit the Thrashers at Gateway Arena in Winnipeg at 7:30 p.m. The boys also play Friday and Saturday as the Hawks make the trip to Teulon to take on Interlake Friday night at 8 p.m. before the boys welcome the Bruins to Morden at 4 p.m.