Clearwater Midget Ice Hawks played two home games at the Sportsplex last weekend, losing one and winning the other.
First up was a game Saturday against Kelowna, a Tier 3 team that is one of the top teams in the league (Clearwater is from a smaller Tier 4 association).
“We felt we played well against them and deserved a win or tie, but lost by one goal, 5-4,” said coach Tim Walker.
The following day the Hawks took on Winfield.
“Sunday we played another good game,” Walker said. “We have been reducing penalties and it is showing.”
Clearwater beat Winfield 4-3 in the game.
According to their coach, the Hawks played solid for about 50 minutes. Winfield came back strong in the third period and almost tied it up, but couldn’t quite manage it.
The Ice Hawks have one more league game – Saturday, Jan 24, at 3:30 against Merritt.
“It will be a tough game for us,” Walker predicted. “Merritt is the roughest team in our league and in second place. We will be missing three key players in that game.”
Following the final league game the Hawks will begin playoffs during the first two weeks of February. Playoff games are yet to be scheduled.
Below: Clearwater Midget Ice Hawk Austin Rauch #5 streaks up the ice with the puck during a game against Winfield on Sunday.