Two out of three ain
The Mitchell Hawks ended back to back three game weekends with four wins in these six contests. The only blemish? The Kincardine Bulldogs.
Kincardine defeated the Hawks 6 1 this past Sunday, Nov. 3 in a score that doesn reflect how close the game was, after eight days earlier beating the locals 3 2 in Mitchell. The Hawks are 0 3 against the Bulldogs this 2019 20 PJHL season, and get another crack at downing the top defensive team in the division this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 9.
Earlier, the Hawks exploded for 14 goals in two wins a 6 2 triumph in Walkerton Friday, Nov. 1, and an 8 5 win at home to Goderich Saturday, Nov. 2. Mitchell leading scorer Jarett Bogdon potted four goals over the weekend, one in Walkerton, two against Goderich and the lone marker against the Bulldogs. Linemates Jake Finlayson (2 4 6) and Zach Dow (1 1 2) picked up eight other points to lead the charge offensively.
But they weren the only ones, as defenceman Luken Van Pelt had the Pollock division high for assists in a game this season with five in their win over the Flyers, while Tanner Hertel picked up a goal and three assists for a four point night in the same game. Earlier, he missed on a penalty shot.
## ## Mitchell jumped out to a 4 0 lead after the first period against Walkerton, with Ethan Hill, Dow, Bogdon and Finlayson all finding the net. Rookie rearguard Callum McMann and Finlayson second of the night completed the scoring, while Seth Monkhouse turned aside 22 of the 24 shots fired his way.
The same scenario evolved one night later against Goderich, as Riley Kuepfer, Tyson Hall and Bogdon scored to lift the Hawks to a 3 0 lead halfway through the first, but true to form against Mitchell, the Flyers roared back and scored three quick goals to tie things at the first intermission. They actually led 4 3 early in the second, but Ryan Murray scored to tie the game 4 4 heading into the third. In the final period, the Hawks erupted for three goals in just over four minutes (Brett Denny, Bogdon and Hertel) to take a 7 4 lead and never look back. Hill completed the scoring, the second shorthanded marker of the game for the hometowners. Ryan Govier earned the win in goal, making 25 saves.
Govier suffered the loss in Kincardine, as the Bulldogs scored two power play goals in the second to take a 3 1 second intermission lead and never look back.