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Grey Highlands Hawks hope to turn around close losses

Grey Highlands Hawks CPJHL hockey team


After a 3-1 season opening win over the Seaforth Generals, the Generals exacted their revenge with a 1-0 victory in Saturday’s rematch. The loss was the Hawks third in a row but nonetheless yielded some positive results.

Hawks goaltender, Zachary Mather did everything but stand on his head to turn away 56 out of 57 shots thrown at him during the game, earning him third star status. The close scoring game also restored some of the team’s dignity following a 10-4 defeat in their home opener Friday night against the Bracebridge Pioneers.

Despite their 1-3 win/loss record to start the 2017-18 campaign, the Hawks have played competitively, losing two out of three games by only one goal. They currently sit in fifth place in the Western division.

The Pioneers will return to Markdale to face the Hawks on Friday night.

Shoring up the defence to help their netminder will be the key to a successful outing. Cedrick Lessieur got the nod to play goal in the their first match against Bracebridge on October 6 and had to contend with 56 shots in that losing effort.

Bracebridge has shown that they know how to put the puck in the net, averaging 10 goals per game in their first two matches. Keeping forwards Doug Ledger and Kristian Lupták off the scoreboard will be an important challenge if the Hawks hope to come out on top.

Friday night’s game starts at 8pm at the Markdale Complex Community Centre and Arena at 75 Walker St. in Markdale. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the arena before the game.

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