It was a weekend for the fans as the Pembina Valley Hawks midget clubs hosted more than a few games in Morden Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hawks Thanksgiving Classic
The ladies suited up for their annual home tourney with four home games scheduled over the three-day event.
Friday’s match against Regina ended in a 2-2 draw. The Hawks were leading 2-1 going into the third period but Regina managed to find the back of the net in the final frame to deadlock the game at 2. Cambree Martens and Cora Fijala scored the Hawks goals in the tournament opener. While goaltender Isabell Reutter made 30 saves between the pipes as both Regan Durand and Kadynce Romijn are still out with injuries.
Saturday the Hawks had a couple of games and both ended with 7-2 final scores. The Hawks picked up the victory in their first game of the day against Thunder Bay before dropping a 7-2 decision to Swift Current. Tessa Odell and Cora Fijala both put up five points against Thunder Bay. Abbi Conrad also scored a couple of goals for the Hawks Saturday morning. Hawks Abbi Conrad and Maiya Aschberg put up the two goals against Swift Current.
Sunday’s game was a lot tighter but the Hawks still came away victorious to finish the tournament with a positive 2-1-1 record. The girls took out Weyburn 2-1 thanks to goals from Fijala and Odell. Reutter played all four games for the Hawks.
The ladies resume their Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League regular season Saturday when Interlake makes the trip to Morden. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. at Huron Arena.
Boys split weekend
The Pembina Valley Hawks were busy this weekend in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League with a disappointing 8-2 loss to Brandon Saturday and a 4-3 win over the Southwest Cougars Sunday afternoon.
Saturday against the Wheat Kings wasn’t as bad a performance from the Hawks as the score would suggest. The team did allow six unanswered goals before Michael Hlady got the Hawks on the board. Pembina Valley outshot the Wheat Kings 30-29 at the end of 60 minutes. Brock Moroz allowed 5 goals on 20 shots over two periods and Dylan Meilun let 3 in on 9 shots. Pembina Valley went 1-for-9 on the power play and 4-for-7 on the penalty kill.
Sunday was a bounce-back game for the boys and Tyson Allison led the charge for the Hawks. He opened the scoring in the first before netting his next two goals to complete the hat-trick and tie the game at 3. Hawks’ Roux Bazin scored a power play marker to put the club on top 4-3. Meilun made 48 saves for the win. Pembina Valley was 2-3 on the power play a perfect 100 per cent on the penalty-kill.
Power play anomaly
The Hawks power play has been a strong point of their season so far and it currently sits in first place at 35 per cent, but it went cold against Brandon and was a contributing factor to the loss.
The Wild have the second best power play at 33 per cent but there is a big difference in the stats. Pembina Valley has had 20 power play opportunities and the boys have managed to convert on 7 of them compared to the Wild’s 3 power plays. Winnipeg has only played one regular season match, up to now.
The Yellowhead Chiefs have had the most power plays early on this season at 43 and currently sit at 18.6 per cent.
Pembina Valley’s next MMHL match is Wednesday night when the Winnipeg Wild make the trip to Morden. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.