EXETER — The Exeter Hawks got off to a great playoff start over the weekend when they took a 2-1 series lead over the Thamesford Trojans in their first three games round best of seven playoff series when the Times-Advocate went to press.
Exeter drew first blood in game one with a 7-4 win over the Trojans. Christian Petrozza led the way for the Hawks with a hat trick (three goals) and two assists for the five-point night. Jonathon Frook, Evan Hayter, Max Bannon and Nolan Koestier scored the other goals for the Hawks en route to the 7-4 victory. Trevor Fleming made 27 saves on 33 shots for his first win of the playoffs.
Game two was a slightly different story but it had the same outcome for the Hawks as they pulled ahead of Thamesford 3-0.
Liam Melady opened the scoring for Exeter off a feed from Bannon and Justin Baker. Rookie Justin McCarter added to the Hawks lead to make it 2-0 in the second period. Melady added his second of the game and of the playoffs to top off the Hawks the 3-0 Hawks win. This time it was Dane Gubbels who got the W for the Hawks and doing-so by making an impressive 47 saves for the shutout.
With the 2-1 series lead in their back pocket, the Hawks went in Sunday’s game with confidence. However, Exeter got behind the eight ball early, and Thamesford took a 3-1 after the first period.
Three second period goals from Bannon, Petrozza and Frook saw the Hawks take the one goal lead by the time the second period was over.
The Trojans responded with a pair of early third-period goals that regained the lead for Thamesford. Both teams them traded goals back and forth but Thamesford scored the late game winning goal on the power play with just 38 seconds remaining. The late goal was enough for the Trojans to take the win and climb back into the series.
The two teams met in Thamesford last night where Exeter came away with a 3-2 win that was good enough to give them the two game lead in the best-of-seven series. The Trojans and Hawks went into the third period tied 2-2 when Petrozza scored the clutch game winner to take the game.Other scorer for the Hawks were defeseman Macgregor Allen and Ray Robbins who played in his first Junior C game.
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The Hawks will host the Trojans in game five Friday night at 8 p.m. at the South Huron Rec Centre.