By Mac Christie, Times-Advocate Staff
PARKHILL – The Exeter Hawks split a pair of 4-1 decisions over the weekend, beating the North Middlesex Stars, but falling to the Lambeth Lancers.
Saturday night in Parkhill the Hawks built a 2-0 lead after one as Exeter captain Trevor Thornton scored twice in the opening frame.
Mack Graham got North Middlesex on the board in the second period, but that was all the Stars would manage.
Thornton scored to complete the hat trick just over five minutes into the third and Dylan Bedard added a power play marker under two minutes later to give the Hawks a 4-1 win.
Hawks head coach Dale Timmermans said the team played OK against North Middlesex.
"The second period wasn't too good for us," he said. "We were short-staffed with injuries and sickness. But we pulled out the win, so that's the main thing."
He noted the recent return of Trevor Thornton, who had been battling a groin injury, was a plus for the team.
"He's feeling better, starting to play like he should and he's leading the team," Timmermans said, noting Thornton provides some secondary scoring. "It's nice to have someone like that with experience up front helping out."
Colton James started in net for the Hawks as Bryan Paolotto was suspended after a fight against Port Stanley the previous week.
James made 23 saves in the win and Timmermans said he kept the Hawks in the game in the second period.
Hawks lose to Lambeth
A shorthanded Hawks team travelled to Lambeth Sunday night and lost 4-1, despite only icing a lineup of 13 skaters.
Lambeth built a 1-0 lead in the first period and although Dylan Bedard drew the Hawks even at 5:22 of the second, that was all the Hawks would manage, as Lambeth regained the lead less than two minutes later.
The Lancers scored a power play goal in the third, before icing the game with an empty net goal.
Bryan Paolotto made 32 saves in the loss.
Timmermans said the team played well, considering the short-handed lineup.
"The boys played a very smart defensive game," he explained. "We worked on a lot of stuff that's hard to work on in practices and other games."
He said the Hawks were missing Cam Jude, who was battling the flu, as well as Mitch Wild and Taylor Moir, who were suspended.
As well, Exeter was without Wesley McGovern who broke his hand blocking a shot against North Middlesex.
"It's a major blow losing Wes for six weeks," Timmermans said. "He shattered a knuckle blocking a shot."
Moving forward he said the team is still working on the little things.
"We want to hang in there in the top half of the league," Timmermans said. "It'd be nice to win every game, but as long as we're learning and moving forward, that's what we're trying to do."
The Hawks remain in third place in the Yeck Conference with a 13-10-2 record after the weekend. Exeter is next in action at home Friday night (Nov. 30) at 8 p.m. in a rematch against the Lambeth Lancers.