Red Hawks win in bid for Kawarthas berth
|By Matthew Desrosiers - Editor | January 15, 2015|
The result was never really in doubt on Jan. 13 as the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School Red Hawks Girls hockey team took down the I.E. Weldon Wildcats 3-1.
“This is a big game for us,” said Coach Dan Marsden after the game. “This was probably our biggest game looking to get into Kawarthas, so this win is good.”
From the outset, the Red Hawks took control of the game. They spent most of the time in the offensive zone, winning the battles along the boards and getting to the puck first.
With just over a minute left in the period, their efforts paid off as Maddie Billings scored with a wrist-shot from the top of the faceoff circle. Her goal was assisted by Erica Carmount.
The Red Hawks added to their lead less than a minute into the second on a goal by Erin Little, assisted by Kelsey Maracle. The goal came after a brief scramble in front of the Wildcat’s net.
Halfway into the third, the Wildcat’s got one back on the powerplay, but that would be as close as they would come. Sydney Cameron put the game on ice with a minute left to play, and she sniped one past the Wildcat’s goalie, off the post and in for the 3-1 win.
But the game was not an easy one for the Red Hawks, who were playing their eight game in six days.
“We’re lucky, or unlucky at the same time, because most of our team are [Highland] Storm girls, too,” Marsden said. “We’ve been pushing them but we understand there’s only so much in the tank.”
The Red Hawks played last week, then most of the girls played five games over the weekend, and another on Monday night.
“For having that much hockey, it’s helpful but it’s also draining,” he said. “We use it the best we can and try to keep games close.”
Despite their schedule, the Red Hawks matched the Wildcat’s intensity and final push in the third period, never showing their fatigue.
“it was a little scrambly at times, and then we got some injuries so that’ll shorten the bench again,” Marsden said. “But it pressures everybody to work on their endurance.”
Alex Litwin suffered a shoulder injury just 40 seconds into the game, and Sydney Feir hit her head at the end of the first period. Both players left the bench and did not return. Marsden said they’re waiting to see how the players are feeling before the team’s next game against Holy Cross on Jan. 15.
Marsden expects the Holy Cross game to be a close one.
“It’ll be a close game, 1-0 win,” he said. “We’re not going to get into a shootout with anybody. The goal will be to go in and keep it close.”
The team’s record now sits at 2-1-3 (WTL).
MATTHEW DESROSIERS is the editor of The Highlander.