WALKERTON – The Walkerton Hawks continue to improve, coming together as a team, but victory stayed out of reach this past weekend as hometown fans saw their Hawks take on Mount Forest on Friday evening and Mitchell on Sunday. The first game ended in a 6-4 loss, and the second in a 6-3 loss.
Friday’s game saw Mount Forest take a 2-0 lead in the first period, Benjamin Demoe from Benjamin Tenhag, and Caleb Cribbin from Aaron McGuirk.
Walkerton closed the gap in the second with a goal by Adam McConnell from Sean O’Donnell and Jordan Borth, but Mount Forest made it 3-1 before the end of the period with an unassisted goal by Christopher Prucha.
Both teams came out fighting for the win in the third period, and played an evenly matched back-and-forth game that saw both teams score three times, but the early lead gave Mount Forest the edge. Mount Forest increased the margin with two goals – Calan Tanzi-Foshay from Hayden Coulter and Derrick Cornfield, and Riley Torrie from Darcy Winkler and Coulter on the power play. Then the Hawks got two – a pair of goals by Kyle Durrer, the first from Brayden Fischer and Aaron McConnell, and the second from Austin Brown and goalie Kyle Rivers. Mount Forest’s Demoe got his second of the night and his team’s sixth goal, assists going to Tenhag and Matthew Weiler, but the Hawks got the last word – Fischer from Evan Visser and Connor Prins.
Sunday’s game saw Mitchell double Walkerton in the number of goals – 6-3, and come close to it in penalty minutes – 34-18.
Walkerton’s Prins scored less than three minutes into the game, from Brown and Durrer, but Mitchell replied seconds later, Ryan Murray from Seth Huygen. Mitchell scored again mid-period – a shorthanded goal by Carter Musselman from Mark Cassidy. Walkerton came back seconds later with a goal by Keegan Fischer from Durrer and Jamie Damignani. Mitchell scored twice more before the end of the period – Zach Dow from Sean Chisholm and Callum McMann, and Cassidy from Tyson Hall and McMann. The second period saw Mitchell increase their lead, Dow from Malcolm McLeod and Chisholm, and Carter Lewis from McLeod and McMann. Walkerton’s Fischer scored on the power play, with assists from Damignani and Visser.
This weekend sees the Kincardine Bulldogs travel to Walkerton for a Friday night game, with puck drop scheduled for 8:20 p.m.
Fans must show proof of vaccination with photo identification to enter the arena.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times