Hawks dominate Wildcats in shutout win
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | February 12, 2015
To say their 9-0 victory win over Lindsay's I.E. Weldon Wildcats was a blowout would be an understatement.
But despite attaining their highest scoring shutout of the season, the Red Hawks varsity hockey team displayed sportsmanlike behaviour for the entirety of their Feb. 11 home game.
"I think the important thing was – and their coach mentioned it – that our guys played with a lot of respect and they didn't try to run the score up," said head coach Ron Yake.
"It was nice to hear that from the other coach and I relayed the message to the guys as well."
During the afternoon game held at AJ LaRue Arena, the Hawks scored their first goal in the first minute-and-a-half at the hands of Curtis Ballantyne. About four minutes later, Jaydon Wood put another one in the net. He also scored a second goal in the final period.
The Hawks led the Wildcats 4-0 at the end of the first period.
Ballantine led the team with three goals at the end of the game. Other goals were scored by Mac Rider, Devon Upton (two) and Jake Bishop.
"It was an easy game for our guys, but that happens in high school hockey," said Yake of the win. "It happens in all high school sports."
He pointed out that the Wildcats didn't take their frustration out on his team.
"That was definitely commendable."
With a nearly flawless 8-1 record, the Hawks will finish their regular season on Feb. 12 with a make-up game against Cobourg West followed by a game against Holy Cross. The Kawartha league division playoffs begin next week and Yake said the second game will be held in Haliburton on Feb.
20 at 2:30 p.m.
If the Hawks finish first, Haliburton will host the Kawartha Championship tournament on Feb. 26.
With the playoffs approaching, Yake said his team will need to continue working hard.
"It's going to come down to hard work and staying disciplined," he said.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.