By Lindsey Kuglin
The Walkerton Hawks started the new year off with a pair of wins, and nearly securing first place for themselves in league standings.
Kincardine is a contender for the top spot with 43 points and five games remaining in regular season. Walkerton has six games remaining on the schedule and 52 points.
In Friday’s game the Hawks were at the P&H Centre for a game against the Hanover Barons, which ended with Walkerton’s 5-3 win.
Hanover struck first with a goal early in the first period. That would be it for scoring until early in the second, when Walkerton tied it with a shorthanded goal by Joel Bowman, assisted by Drew Davidson. Jordan Turcotte scored the go-ahead at the halfway mark, assisted by Davidson and Adam Alexander.
Davidson scored his own a minute into the third, with help from Lauchlin Elder. Seconds later, Wade Pfeffer scored the Hawks’ fourth goal; Haden Campbell and Jay Thomson with the helpers. Hanover scored twice more before Elder wrapped things up with help from Connor Patton and Brandon Lamothe at 16:36.
Jeff Flagler picked up the win with 23 saves. Jake Ireland made 37 saves in the loss.
Walkerton hosted the Kincardine Bulldogs on Saturday, sending them back up Highway 9 with a 5-2 loss.
The Hawks opened the scoring late in the first, when Bowman scored from Elder and Davidson at 17:10. Seconds later, Kincardine capitalized on their powerplay, tying things up going into the second.
The Bulldogs went ahead 30 seconds into the period, but that was short lived, as Walkerton scored four in a row; the first by Wendel Cameron off of Jake Barclay and Lamothe. The second was scored by Turcotte was shorthanded, assisted by Davidson. Thomson’s goal came next, with help from Campbell and Pfeffer, who scored his own on the powerplay assisted by Alexander and Bowman.
The third saw no scoring, but a slew of penalties, and only seven shots on each net.
Flagler again recorded the win, with 28 saves. Gatlin Burt also made 28 saves in the loss.
The Hawks only have one game this weekend, when they host the Mitchell Hawks on Friday at 8:30 p.m.