Opening series 5-2 loss to Golden Hawks, forces a must win at home
By Alex Gallacher
The Haliburton County Huskies fell 5-2 to the Trenton Golden Hawks in game one of the East Division semi-final playoff best-of-three series. Lead by a Jake Campbell hattrick and a red hot goalie William Nguyen, the Golden Hawks pounced all over the Huskies sending them home disappointed.
The Huskies got the ball rolling early in the first period when Patrick Saini beat Nguyen to put the dogs up by one. However the Jake Campbell show began soon after. Scoring his first off of a bad angle, and his second on a Kolby Poulin penalty, the Trenton forward had himself a night.
In the second period, Huskies leading scorer Oliver Tarr managed to convert a breakaway into a goal but the bleeding was only stopped temporarily. A few minutes late, Campbell completed the hat-trick and put the Hawks up by one. Frustrated, the Huskies tried everything in the third to beat Nguyen but the efforts went in vain.
Dalton Bancroft added a goal to seal the deal, before the Hawks scored on the empty net to send the Huskies back to Minden on Wednesday in a must win scenario. With Saini and Tarr logging the markers, the momentum these two had in the regular season followed them to the playoffs.
With a best-of-three leaving no room for error, the home town Huskies will training extra hard to avenge the loss and force an all or nothing deciding game three in Trenton on Thursday.