By Darren Lum
A pair of posts a dollop of bad luck and six more minutes of penalties than their opponents for the Red Hawks hockey team was the recipe for a 3-1 loss to the visiting Wolves on Wednesday Jan. 15 in Haliburton.
Hawks coach Jason Morissette said he liked how his team played overall but delivered a post-game message to stay out of the penalty box particularly for major infractions.
“You got to stay disciplined” he said. “Taking those four-minute penalties. There were a few there.”
Early on the teams played four-on-four which favoured the quick skating Wolves Longo said.
“It’s hard to score when you’re not five-on-five and you’re not getting the powerplays right? We did not get a powerplay goal. Our goal was [scored] on a five-on-five so again … it’s choices that they have to make. And again if your team is not as skilled as the other team through the lineup then you know you have to play the system you’re taught because the system … if you got a team that is skating or has more skaters than you do you play the system to keep you in the game and it gives you more chances” he said.
Despite the loss Morissette said the team has likely earned enough wins to have assured itself a Kawartha League playoff spot.
No. 1 goalie for the Hawks Carson Sisson was tagged with the loss.
The Hawks had four defencemen play in this game including rookie Ty Mills who Morissette credited with a solid game as evidence of his development.
The lone goal in the loss came from rookie Will Craftchick who has played three games this season and was out of the lineup the first four because of a concussion suffered with another team in another league.
The Grade 10 student said scoring his first of his high school career and first of the season was awesome.
“It was more the other guys working than me. I ended up in the right spot and I just got rewarded I guess. It’s amazing” he said.
The team has been competitive this season particularly against the top teams and this game was an example of that.
“It’s a learning experience for them but again that game could quite easily have been 3-2 even 3-3. Even in the second [Braeden] Robinson hits a post. If that goes in we’re going to the third [down] 3-2” he said. “Our main offensive guys [who are Robinson Lucas Haedicke and Desi Davies] they had opportunities. They played well. The puck just didn’t go post and in. It went post and out.”
A game before this loss the Hawks shut out the Knights of Norwood 7-0 while on the road.
Rookie goalie Darian Maddock earned the shutout his first of the season. Braeden Robinson tallied three goals to earn the hat-trick.