Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hawks pick up win over Klippers

Posted By Melissa Mangelsen/Nipawin Journal

The Nipawin Hawks were in action at The Cage last night to face off against the Kindersley Klippers. With the team undergoing a facelift, the new Hawks team took to the ice looking for a win at home and they did just that, picking up the 6-2 dominating win over the Klippers.

It was the Klippers who found the back of the net first, scoring about three minutes into the game, but the Hawks answered back about a minute later when newcomer David Skagen gave the Hawks the 1-1 tie. His goal was assisted by Patrick Howey and Jeff Lorenz.

The Hawks took the 2-1 lead with 15 minutes played with Lorenz notching a goal assisted by Skagen and Jonathan Ceci on the power play. With two minutes left of the first period the Hawks took the 3-1 lead with a goal from Alexandre Leclerc, assisted by Matthew Spafford and Tanner Dusyk.

The Klippers picked up the lone goal of the second period to cut the Hawks lead to two, and giving themselves a chance to work their way back into the game in the third period.

With the 3-2 lead going into the third the Hawks weren't willing to take any chances, they netted their fourth of the game midway through the period with a goal from Leclerc on the power play, assisted by Spafford. Ceci scored for the Hawks assisted by Skagen to give them the 5-2 lead and Lorenz picked up the sixth goal for the Hawks, assisted by Ceci and Skagen.

Ryan Kerpan was backstopping for the Hawks, turning aside 34 shots he faced to help the Hawks to victory.

The first star of the game was Skagen who picked up one goal and three assists on the night. Second star was Lorenz who had two goals and one assist and the third star went to Ceci who had one goal and two assists.

The Hawks remain last in the Bauer Conference with a record of 30-13-14-3 and 29 points. They're currently four points behind the Melfort Mustangs. They currently sit eleventh in the 12-man league.

The Hawks will be back in action Dec. 11 at The Cage, facing off against the Estevan Bruins, who are the only team under the Hawks with 26 points. Game time will be at 7:30.

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