Hawks looking to soar into the playoffs
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks are undefeated in the month of February.
Chiefs down Hawks in low scoring battle
Junior Hawks peaking at the right time
Hawks on a roll
Hawks put up a touchdown against Sherwood Park
Former Fort Sask. Junior Hawk Ty Wilson having a career year in college hockey
Junior Hawks win a pair on the weekend
Six goal third period leads Hawks past Regals
Wetaskiwin put Hawks on ice
Hawks toss Bruins
Hawks narrowly escapes Bruins
Hawks flying high
Hawks down Icemen at home
Hawks delivers blowout against Bruins
Hawks inch closer to .500
Junior B Hawks hurting
New goalie Braydon Vogel had his first taste of CJHL hockey with the Hawks during the Oct. 31, that saw him make 36 saves for the Fort. The local resident previously played three seasons in the AJHL with the Sherwood Park Crusaders
Hawks vs. St. Albert
Hawks soar over Jets
Hawks split the difference
Junior B Hawks falter
Four goal third period leads Hawks past Riggers
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks are 1-1 through their first weekend of regular season play.
Parfett returns to Hawks bench
Hawks dealt semi finals blow
After tying the CJHL semi final series 3-3, the Hawks dropped 5-0 to the Beverly Warriors in Game 7 at the Clareview Arena and their season came to a close on March 14. In addition to hitting the pipes six times, Jesse Morrison’s breakaway was one of the Hawk’s best chances to get on to the score sheet.
Playoffs can be cruel sometimes and that’s a lesson the Hawks did not want to learn in Game 7.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks let five unanswered goals haunt them to close out a 5-0 defeat against the Beverly Warriors on March 14.
It wasn’t from a lack of trying though. The Fort hit the cross bar twice and posts four times and Jesse Morrison had one of the best opportunities on a break away but in the end the Hawks’ playoff run came to an end. Overall, the Hawks produced 46 shots on net but nothing stuck.
“It’s obviously not what you want to showcase in our potential last game, you want to keep moving on, but the bounces weren’t going our way and we hit a lot of posts and the Warriors were lucky with a few goals,” captain Mason Younger said after Game 7. “When nothing goes your way and everything seems to be going right for the other team, it’s hard to play through adversity and once a couple of goals started going in, it started going down hill and it was harder to come back from it. It seems like everybody kind of folded.”
Many players outlined the stunning comeback they made in the series against Beverly from 3-0 to tie it up to win Game 4, 5 and 6 to bring it back to 3-3.
“To come back and tie it 3-3 and almost write a story there, that’s something that most teams don’t get the opportunity to do. We made it as much of a good series as we could,” said forward Justin Ferris.
“It showed a lot of heart from the guys. We became a pretty close group this year but we’re not satisfied going out that way,” added Noah Kieser after the March 14 game.
Game 7 saw the Fort battle through the whole game and head coach John Parfett was encouraged by the team’s display of character.
“They did everything they could. I’m proud of them. They hit four goal posts, had one break away and had one puck sitting on the goal line. The chances were there and it could have been a different game but that’s the way the game is. It’s cruel sometimes,” said Parfett.
“It hurts to go out this way but eventually that feeling will go away and that character they showed will stay with them later on in life. They may not know that now but it will carry them toward success,” Parfett said.
No fault was laid upon goaltender Micah Bonneville either. He stopped 33 of 38 shots on net.
“I’ve coached Micah for a while now and all year, this is probably the best hockey that he’s played in his life. It’s tough for him to watch his team lose but we’re arguably here because of the way he played this year.”
“It was amazing. Everybody thought we had it in the bag, just based on the way we were playing in Games 4, 5 and 6 — they couldn’t handle us. Everything was flowing in our direction but obviously Game 7 was the game we needed to win and unfortunately, I can speak for all of the guys right now, emotions are pretty thick. You just think, what if?,” Younger said. “The whole game I was thinking this is not how I want to go out but you don’t get to pick and chose. You have to play with the cards you’re dealt.”
Four vets depart from roost
The semi final series conclusion also bookended four of the Hawk’s overagers’ careers. There was not one dry eye in the dressing room that night as three of the four players recapped their four-plus years with the local Junior B team. It was the last time wearing the red and black for veteran goaltender Micah Bonneville, star forwards Justin Ferris and Noah Kieser and top D-man, Younger. Bonneville brought confidence between the pipes for the team, Ferris brought a fiery competitiveness, Kieser brought gritty offense and Younger brought integrity and leadership, according to the coaching staff. Ferris finished the 2018 playoffs with 19 points (nine goals and 10 assists) and Kieser claimed 11 assists.
Kieser joined the Hawks for two seasons after being frustrated by Junior A play. On the Fort bench, he said he had the most fun he’s had in years and it rekindled his love for the game.
“It was fun playing with these guys. Lots of fun times and a lot of good wins. I’ve made some life long friends along the way so it’s a good experience,” he said.
An obvious cherished memory for Ferris would be winning the league championship in 2014 as a rookie, but he also took pride in mentoring the next generation of Hawks and developing the brotherhood on the bench.
“There are lots of highlights but being a part of this team is next to no other. The Hawks have a reputation for that and guys want to play for the Hawks,” Ferris said. “Sometimes those bonds don’t break.”
“These are my best friends and when I think about hockey, I think about coming to hang out with my best friends,” Younger added.
The captain hopes to continue to somehow contribute to the Hawks organization and may coach in a few years.
Advice to the remaining teammates? Don’t waste a second and play your role to be successful.
“Enjoy it while you have it because those four years go by so quick,” noted the captain.
Ferris predicts a strong and determined team will return to the ice for the 2018-2019 season.
“I think they’ll have a pretty good team. They’ll have a lot of good leaders and there are lots of 21-year-olds who can step up. I think the younger guys will be ripping up the league like how some of the guys did this year. It’s going to be fun to watch,” Ferris forecasted.
Hawks fall one game short of league final
Hawks claw back to force Game 7
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks won their last three games against the Beverly Warriors to tie the semi final series 3-3. The Fort won Game 4 with a 3-1 victory, inched ahead 4-3 to take Game 5 and landed a 4-1 upset in Sunday’s Game 6. Game 7 returned to Clareview on March 14.
Hawks force Game 7
Hawks stave off elimination with game four win
Dylan Dorval's line generated multiple chances in the third period for the Junior B Hawks.
Hawks on the verge of playoff whipping
Hawks star forward Tyson Davey, left, celebrates Jesse Morrison’s goal against the Beverly Warriors on March 4 at the Clareview Arena. Game 4 returned to the JRC on March 7 where the Hawks saw their first win. The two teams will play again on Friday.gain on Friday.
Hawks headed to semi finals
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks won the second round series 3-1 against Beaumont after posting a 7-4 home win on Feb. 23. The team advanced into the semi finals against the Beverly Warriors. Game 2 will return to the Fort this Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre.
Justin Ferris becomes Hawks all time point leader
Hawks advance to league semifinals
Written by Cody Janzen
Hawks split playoff successes
In a best of five series in the second round of playoffs, the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks won Game 1 against Beaumont on the road with a 2-1 victory but penalty problems caused the team to drop 5-4 at home during Sunday’s Game 2. Game 3 headed back to Beaumont on Wednesday, which took place past The Record’s publication deadline. Game 4 returns to the JRC on Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.
Hawks advance to second round?
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks flew through the first round of playoffs against the Strathcona Bruins with a 8-1 home win and a 2-1 road win over the weekend. They’ll next face the Beaumont Chiefs in the second round the CJHL’s eastern division playoffs.
Junior B Hawks look for second round revenge
Game 2 - Feb.18, 7:45 p.m. JRC
Game 3 - Feb.21, 8:15 p.m. @Beaumont
Game 4* - Feb.23, 7:45 p.m. JRC
Game 5* - Feb.25, 6:15 p.m. @Beaumont
Hawks run over Bruins in game one
Hawks give back to Habitat
Members of the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks organization pitched in to help the local Habitat for Humanity build on Saturday, Jan. 13. Players said it felt great to give back to the community and towards a good cause.
Hawks winning streak comes to an end
Junior B Hawks forward Tyler Burgett keeps up with teammate Landon Lavallee as he moves the puck up the ice.
Hawks dominate Royals on four game win streak
Hawks claw three straight wins
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks locked up two at home wins on Friday and Sunday against the Strathcona and Leduc with a 6-0 and 10-3 victories, respectively. They’ll have another double header this weekend at the JRC against Edmonton and Wetaskiwin.
Hawks claw two big wins
By Jeff Labine, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, January 11, 2018 2:19:15 MST PM
Hawks forward Jack Snider keeps his eyes on the puck while trying to stay on his feet.
The captain of the Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks says every bump and bruise was worth the win over the best ranking team in the CHJL’s west division.
The Hawks on home ice at the Jubilee Recreation Centre faced off against the Beverly Warriors for what became a very rough and tough game. Neither side appeared to want to back down so there was plenty of pushing and shoving on the ice resulting in a total of nine roughing penalties between the two. The Hawks also took two game misconducts with one of them going to an assistant coach.
In terms of goals, the Warriors took the lead in the first period on a power play but the Hawks were quick to respond thanks to the efforts of Justin Ferris. He was helped by Tanner Melnyk and Tyson Davey.
After a scoreless second, the Hawks pulled ahead with two more power play goals. Tyler Burgett scored the second with assists from Matthew Bennett and Darren Tardif while Jack Snider kept the momentum going with the third and final goal with just over a minute left in the last period.
The end result was the Hawks seeing victory over the Warriors 3-1.
Hawks captain Mason Younger said he enjoys a rough game, especially against one of the best teams in the league.
“It was a lot of players first skate back since December and for us to come out and beat the top ranked team in the league, it’s a good feeling I’m not going to lie,” he said. “I love these types of games. I had the best time out there. Twenty minutes did not feel like 20 minutes. I can speak for a lot of the players out there, these types of games where everyone is involved, everyone is chippy, rough, loud, the time flies and everyone is having a good time and fun. And to come out with a W makes this game even better.”
Head coach John Parfett said he felt good about the game and the team stepped up to play. He explained the team is getting ready for the playoffs and the game against the Warriors was just what they needed to get ready for that level of play.
“This was really a playoff atmosphere type game,” he said. “They come at you pretty hard. They have a very good power play and they try and get you drawn into penalties. They are a good team. That’s why they’re first overall in our league but definitely a rough game.”
He said there’s not much rivalry between the two teams but most of the players know each other since many of been in the league for years.
Parfett said the team has been putting a lot of time on utilizing the power play especially with getting a lot of traffic in front of the net. The strategy appeared to have worked as most of the goals were scored when the Warriors were down a man.
The Hawks’ next game was on Sunday against the Spruce Grove Regals at Grant Fuhr, which saw the Fort take another 3-1 victory.
The next home game is on Jan. 12 against the North Edmonton Red Wings. The game starts at 8 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre.
Hawks frustrated by work ethic
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks saw opposite outcomes to their home and away games on Dec. 15 and 17. On the road, the Fort flogged Leduc 7-2 but because of a lack of work commitment, penalty problems and producing quality shots on net, the Hawks dropped 3-1 to the St. Albert Merchant. The local Junior B team will finish 2017 at Glenn Hall against the Stony
Hawks briefly back in win column
The Fort Sask Noyen Construction Junior B Hakws won 5-1 against the Edmonton Mustangs during the Dec. 8 home game.
Chiefs shake down Hawks in OT
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:24:30 MST AM
Fort Saskatchewan Hawks forward Tyson Davey continues to lead the team in points and goals with a pair of goals against the Edmonton Mustangs on Nov. 29 and one against the Beaumont Chiefs on Dec. 1. The local CJHL team dropped 6-4 to the Mustangs and lost 5-4 in overtime to the Chiefs, however the Fort will see a rematch against the Mustangs this Friday, Dec. 8 at the JRC.
The Hawks are licking their wounds following a less than favourable road trip against Edmonton and Beaumont.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks dropped 6-4 to the Edmonton Mustangs and suffered an overtime 4-3 loss to the Beaumont Chiefs.
Head coach John Parfett noted there were a couple of interesting calls by the refs against Edmonton on Nov. 29, disallowing a goal in one period and then giving it back in the next period, but overall the Fort bench kept a close game with 5-4 in the third but were unable to generate any goals in the last period. In a last ditch effort, the Fort pulled their goalie to get another offenceman but the Mustangs capitalized on an empty net goal.
“One of the thing we need to focus on is generating secondary scoring on other lines, rather than just from Tyson Davey and Justin Ferris. We need to find a way for other lines to contribute and I think other lines did generate some offence. We didn’t necessarily get goals from everyone but it was a good step,” Parfett said.
Davey had a pair of goals and Noah Kieser and Dylan Dorval also found the back of the net.
A more simplistic game is another focus.
“Depending on how plays are structured, players like doing fancy things like toe drags or shooting far down, which is fun to do in practice but we’re trying to simplify the game for them so we can be more disciplined in taking the shots, rather than going to the net and crashing it. It’s the reality of hockey; not everyone is a Davey or Ferris. Other players need to work with their strengthens and work with their speed, that the shots when they’re there and get in on the rebounds.”
Regardless of coming out flat against Beaumont, the Fort took one point on Friday after tying 3-3 and forcing overtime that ended for a win for the Chiefs.
“It was an important game in terms of positioning in the CJHL east division. They came out ready to play and put us on our heels right away in the first, we did come back after a couple power plays and started playing better hockey and the third period was probably one of our best periods that we’ve played this year,” Parfett recalled.
“As we turned the game around and the momentum changed, they guys started to play with purpose. I felt like we could win that game but then with the four on four in overtime, it was a bad decision that lead to the goal.”
Davey, Ferris and Bryton Gawron found their names on the scoresheet for the Fort’s Junior B team. The coaches are encouraged from the hard work and speed generated from the line up of Gawron, Parker Ackroyd, Dylan Dorval and Alex Antal.
“(That line) does the simple things like getting the puck to the net and crash the net for rebounds,” the coach noted.
“Bryton’s goal came from a wrap around the net. He’s getting into those dirty areas of the ice and is doing what we’re asking him to do so we’re very pleased with him.”
A rematch between the Hawks and Mustangs will hit home ice this Friday at 8 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. Knowing what to expect for break outs and power plays from Edmonton, the Fort will be ready to welcome them in the home barn.
The Fort will also face the Wetaskiwin Icemen in an away game on Sunday. With a game in hand, Wetaskiwin is ranked just above the Fort in second place in the east division. The Fort has kept games close with the Icemen, with an overtime loss and a 2-1 loss with an empty netter.
“They’re definitely one of the stronger teams so we’ll have our hands full on Sunday, especially in their rink,” Parfett projected.
“We know we can play with them but again it’s all about that secondary scoring.”
Hawks shut down by Knights
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:29:49 MST AM
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks lost 4-2 to the Sherwood Park Knights at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Nov. 26. It was the first time since late October they didn’t win or tie a game. They play two road games against the Strathcona Bruins and Beaumont Chiefs this weekend
They were not backing their own barn — and it showed.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks fell 4-2 to their Highway 15 rivals, the Sherwood Park Knights, at home on Nov. 26.
Regardless of the Fort tieing up the game 2-2 in the second with an unassisted goal by Tyler Burgett, the Hawks left two goals unanswered by the Knights in the third period.
Assistant captain, Justin Ferris, was deflated after Sunday’s game. He claimed the Fort’s first goal of the night, aided by Jesse Morrison and captain Mason Younger. The game marked the first time the Fort didn’t win or tie a game in the CJHL since late October.
“We were on our heels. Having 50 shots on net and only two goals, it’s hard to justify that. They only had 16 shots and four goals. We just gave them too many opportunities and they capitalized on them,” Ferris said.
The Hawks missed out on eight power play chances, but luckily they didn’t break down on any of their six penalty kills. Burgett noted the team was hurting with PP special team players Jack Snider and Tanner Melnyk out with sickness and injury so rookies like himself and Farrell replaced them.
“We were outplaying them the whole game but there were a few mental break downs which caused us some goals. We gave them all of the opportunities. It had nothing to do with bad bounces,” said Burgett.
Other than staying out of the sin bin, looking forward, the team will transition to making more quick and dirty shots on net, instead of the fancy set ups.
“We really need to simplify the game,” Ferris added.
Sunday’s game also saw a rare night that didn’t see the Hawks’ top goal producer, Tyson Davey on the game sheet. Burgett supposed this is because other teams are taking notice of Davey’s offensive threat.
“His goals are ridiculous so everyone is shadowing him now. He’s had 50 points in 20 games. He’s been unbelievable,” the rookie noted.
“Teams are starting to key in on him. It’s going to get tougher for our line but we’re ready for it and things will turn around,” echoed Ferris.
The overall lesson learned from Sunday’s game was display commitment on the ice.
“We need to show up to every game. We need to bury down on our chances. We had 50 shots on net and only two goals. We need to practice hard with the little things and not give them silver plater opportunities like we did tonight,” Burgett said.
The Hawks also played the Edmonton Mustangs on Wednesday evening but that game played past The Record’s publication deadline.
The Hawks will hit the road this weekend for two away games against the Strathcona Bruins and the Beaumont Chiefs.
“We’ll work hard during practice this week and clear our heads from this weekend and move on,” Ferris added.
Hawks stunned by Stony in shootout
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, November 23, 2017 11:52:53 MST AM
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks settled for a 5-4 shoot out loss to the Stony Plain Flyers on Nov. 16 but solidified a 6-1 win against the Spruce Grove Regals at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Nov. 19. They next face the Sherwood Park Knights at home this Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. at the JRC
You can be sure he wants that bad bounce back.
Hawks goalie Micah Bonneville was forced into a shoot out situation after the Stony Plain Flyers tied Friday’s game 4-4 with only 5 seconds left in the third period. After back and forth shots, the Flyers flew away with the 5-4 final.
“It’s a tough way to lose. I’d rather win it in overtime than in a shoot out,” said forward Justin Ferris on Friday.
“We had a rough first period but we came around in the second and definitely in the third and we carried the lead from 10 minutes in. It’s tough when they score with only five seconds left but that’s the game and you just have to come back and win the next one.... I know it’s tough for (Micah) and it wears him down but he’ll rebound.”
As expected, Ferris’ line was slotting in the lion’s share of the goals with Ferris claiming a power play goal and an assist, Tyson Davey had two goals and an assist. Jake Farrell also found his way past the goalie’s mitt in the second period.
“Jake is doing a lot of the right things. He had a couple of chances and he was able to produce. It’s nice to see the younger guys stepping up and everything is coming full circle,” noted Ferris.
Wearing the C for the night was defenceman Jack Snider. He outlined the team was forced to play catch up after having a flat first 20 minutes. He believes the team was fuelled to get back into the game in order to continue their six game winning streak. The Hawks also won 4-3 against the Edmonton Red Wings on Nov. 15. The veteran is pleased with all of the defenceman’s development so far, especially underager Mike Gaumont who brings his speed and physicality to the net.
“We have a young D-core but I think everyone is used to playing in this league already. I’m pretty proud of everyone and they show they can play at this level,” Snider said.
As for the bad bounce, the captain wants to just move on; “We got the point and we’ll get back to work on Sunday.”
And that’s exactly what they did. The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks maintained the pace of the game and took a 6-1 win over the Spruce Grove Regals on Nov. 19 at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. Davey had a huge night with a hat trick and two assists, Ferris was close behind with two goals and a pair of assists and Tyler Burgett finished off the night with a goal set up by Dylan Dorval and Alex Antal. Rookie goaltender Marco Fontes fought off 18 of 19 shots on net.
“It’s a luxury to watch Tyson play every day. He’s a very talented hockey player. Not only is he skilled but he’s very smart. He has a high hockey IQ, he sees the game. We can put him in either offence or defence and we know he’s going to help the team so watching Tyson get that hat trick, it’s nice he’s getting rewarded with the points now. He’s the highest in points in the league right now,” said head coach John Parfett.
Overall, Davey has 45 points so far this season; 20 goals and 25 assists.
The Hawks will face their Highway 15 rivals, the Sherwood Park Knights, this Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. at the JRC. That game will mark around the half way point of the season. Currently, the Fort sits in third in the CJHL eastern division with a 12-3-3 record.
“We’re happy with the record but we want to make sure we continue to improve and find that consistent level of play. I think Sunday’s game was an example of that, where the team came out and played a harder game,” said Parfett. “We’ll look to be disciplined and bring a game where we are forcing them in their end.”
Snider expects a smooth game if the Fort does not fall for the Knights’ head games. He’ll pay close attention to Knights forward, Nolan Krewusik; “You can’t let him get that big open ice or he’ll take advantage of it.”
Ferris expects the team to get fired up for the Park game, noting they’re always a team they look forward to playing and more fans will pack the barn.
“It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before or we’re not ready for,” added Ferris.
Hawks on a hot streak
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:45:36 MST PM
After Tyson Davey stripped Beaumont in the neutral zone, he set up Justin Ferris to slot in the overtime winner at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Nov. 12.
Regardless of pushing the decision to an overtime winner, the Fort proved it can keep up with the top in the CJHL’s eastern division.
The deadly pairing of Justin Ferris and Tyson Davey sealed the deal with 34 seconds left in overtime against the visiting Beaumont Chiefs at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Nov. 12.
“Tyson stripped the guy in the neutral zone and then made a two-on-one with Justin, those two will just find each other. When one of them is open, the other one is going to find them and Tyson did a good job at getting the puck and Justin finished it,” head coach, John Parfett said after the Sunday’s game.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks finished the game with a 4-3 win and took a point from regulation play.
The two continuously found themselves on the game sheet along with Jesse Morrison who started off the game with a goal in the first (assisted by Davey) and added another two assists in the second period. Both Ferris and Davey had another goal in the second.
“It felt really good to get the win. We knew we had to get some division points over these guys and it helps us gain a step on them and we have a few games in hand as well. It always feels good because they’re such a good opponent so it always makes for an exciting game,” Ferris said.
“It goes to show that all of our hard work is starting to pay off. Games like this go back and forth and it’s so fast to play that it makes it fun to play so the guys bring it up for that.”
The team had to overcome a bit of adversity when they had to kill off a five minute penalty after captain Mason Younger was called for a hit to the head during the last seven minutes of the third period when it was all tied up 3-3. In addition, Younger will likely have to serve a two or three game suspension.
“The pressure was on, especially since these guys are so good at the power play but our penalty kill has been clicking lately and they’ve been working hard during practice. Our guys work great under pressure and that showed tonight,” Ferris noted.
“The guys stepped up on the bench and killed the penalty off for the team and pushed it into overtime to allow what Tyson and Justin do best. It’s a big game for us and it would have been nice to have the win during regulation because Beaumont still gets a point and we’re still chasing them but we’ll definitely take the win,” echoed Parfett.
An on-going theme which haunts this year’s Hawks is wanting to play to the level of the team, which can play both in their favourite, in the case of Beaumont, or work against them, in the case of Leduc who they played on Friday.
“Leduc fought hard and shots were fairly even. We were up 3-1 after the first period then it went back and forth for the last two periods. Josh Fedorvich went in net for us and made a couple of big saves for us in the third period and we came away with the win but I don’t think that was our best game. We played to the level of Leduc and we were getting too fancy and giving the other team too much time and space. They were playing gritty hockey and trying to do too much, such as stick handling through the neutral zone instead of using each other and getting pucks in deep,” recalled Parfett.
Going into Wednesday’s away game against the Edmonton Red Wings, the Hawks held on to a five-game winning streak and sat in third place in the east, however that game took place after The Record’s publication deadline. Parfett was right on the mark outlining the ‘dog fight’ in the division with only two points separating the Fort from top place which is being fought over between Beaumont and Wetaskiwin.
With Younger out on suspension, coaching staff will look to defensive leadership from Mike Gaumont, Tanner Melynk and Jack Snider, along with some rookies.
“Snider is a great D-man. He’s consistent game in and game out and he’s proven himself time and time again. Mason being out hurts us but we have some guys who can step up,” Ferris said.
This weekend the Hawks will host a double header against the Stony Plain Flyers on Friday and the Spruce Grove Regals on Sunday. Both games begin at 8 p.m.
“We’ll feed off these couple wins and get hungry again for Friday night. We know what we’re up against and we’re ready for it,” Ferris added.
Hawks knock off Beaumont in OT thriller
Published: Monday, 13 November 2017 21:23
Written by Cody Janzen
Junior B Hawks soar
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, November 9, 2017 1:50:45 MST PM
Hawks forward Darren Tardiff slices through Sherwood Parks defence and pots in a goal in the third period during the Nov. 3 home game at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. The local Junior B team ended the night with a 4-3 win.
Two wins secured through two approaches.
With three beautifully crafted short handed goals, Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks swooped a 4-3 win over the Sherwood Park Knights at home on Nov. 3 and pushing past the 60 minute mark, the Hawks took a 7-6 overtime win over the Strathcona Bruins on Nov. 5.
Friday’s home game at the Jubilee Recreation Centre saw the Hawks’ bench finally ignite in the third period with goals from Justin Ferris (assisted by Tyson Davey and Mason Younger on the power play) Darren Tardiff and Davey slotted in a pair. The last three goals were short handed when the team got into a bit of penalty trouble.
“I just saw the puck bounce loose on our own blue line and D were spread far apart so I caught the puck and had a break away and got around the goalie,” Davey recapped his first goal.
“I saw him cut around the net and he tried to cut back so I put my stick out in the lane and hoped for the best and the puck popped loose,” he explained the second goal.
Ferris added it doesn’t really matter how they got the goals, what matters is the two points moving forward. He expected a tight game against the Knights, who almost came back to tie it up late in the third with a goal slotted in by Nolan Krewusik in the last four minutes, however, games that closely matched makes it all the better to compete in Ferris said.
“We came out to a slow start but picked it up in the third because we know how we’re supposed to play so we finally showed up in the third,” Ferris said. “It’s nice when you have a guy like Tyson Davey killing penalties. He’s pretty good with his stick. It’s nice for him to get those goals and contribute too.”
“We have to stay disciplined. Keep our sticks down, keep our hands down and that’s it.”
The Fort saw another evenly matched game on Sunday against the Bruins. The Hawks had a better start to the first 20 minutes with two goals from Noah Kieser and Dylan Dorval. In the second, the Bruins came back with five goals (including one short handed and two power play goals) and the Fort put up points by Ferris and Jack Snider. The Hawks pushed a tie with Tanner Melynk securing a power play goal and Ferris slotting in another. Ferris ended up taking the determining goal early in OT, set up by Kieser. Coaching staff were encouraged shots were being generated on multiple lines and developing their secondary scoring. Props was also given to goal tender Micah Bonneville for fending off 35 of 41 shots on net and who kept the team in the running in the third period.
“Strathcona is a deceiving team because there’s nothing obvious that makes them look like a top team but they just work hard and keep coming at you,” stated Hawks head coach, John Parfett.
Yet again, penalty problems came back to haunt the Fort, increasing the Bruins’ chances.
“I think it’s just emotions start to get the better of people,” explained Parfett. “We just need to learn to keep our composure. There are times when we’ll have to learn that lesson in order to win games and those games will come playoff time when we’ll need to be more disciplined. It was good we were able to bounce back in the third, get the goals and win, but we don’t want to get in habit of putting ourselves in the hole like that.”
Overall, the Hawks’ sin bin stats are fairly decent with the least amount of penalty minutes in the CJHL’s Eastern Division with 282 penalty minutes. That said, the Beaumont Chiefs and the Leduc Riggers are just inches above that mark with 287 PIM and 293, respectively.
This weekend the Fort will see two ends of the spectrum of the East Division with bottom dwellers Leduc Riggers in an away game on Friday and top-ranked Beaumont Chiefs at home on Sunday. Parfett expects to take a win over the Riggers but hopes the team brings their full intensity to the ice.
“We definitely have to work on our starts. Sometimes it’s tough but we can only go up from where we are right now,” noted Ferris.
Puck drops for the Nov. 12 home game at 8 p.m. at the JRC.
“Playing against Beaumont, we have that built up rivalry against them. The team still has a bitter taste from losing to them in the playoffs last year so I don’t anticipate we’ll have any trouble getting the team focused to playing against Beaumont. They’re at the top of our division so it’s something to play for... I expect it’s going to be a battle on Sunday,” Parfett added.
Junior B Hawks switch up lines to increase depth
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, November 2, 2017 1:35:39 MDT PM
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks loss 4-1 to the Wetaskiwin Icemen on Oct. 27 but turned things around against the Edmonton Royals, taking a 6-2 win on Oct. 29. The team’s next home game is against Sherwood Park on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Jubilee Recreation Centre.
You win some and you lose some.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks saw a split success rate after a 4-1 loss against the Wetaskiwin Icemen at home on Oct 27 and a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Royals at Confederation Arena on Oct. 29.
“We realized we needed to bring more to the table against the Royals,” said Hawks captain Mason Younger. “As they are another division opponent, we didn’t want to allow them to pass us in the standings. I feel like we didn’t play to our potential against the Icemen and the team wanted to prove ourselves and what we are actually capable of, hence our strong performance.”
Looking to spread their offensive core across more lines, the team split Justin Ferris and Tyson Davey on to two different lines and it paid off. Both had a pair of goals against the Royals and the momentum continued with goals from Jesse Morrison and Noah Kieser. Mason noted changing up the lines was the right call by the coaches.
“It shows that they weren’t happy with our level of play and that no one has a solidified position on the roster. By changing things up, I believe it made everyone realize that and it may have caused a little fire in everyone’s game to ignite,” the captain noted. “Everyone was skating harder, playing tougher and sticking to our systems. We got back to having fun and competing at the same time.”
Echoing that notion, head coach John Parfett said the change returned the Hawks back to their old ways and dictating the level of play.
“We need to be deeper than Tyson Davey. Tyson is a very gifted and intelligent hockey player... but we have to have more guys contributing because we would become an easy team to play against if teams are just focusing on Tyson. We need other guys stepping up,” Parfett explained.
Sunday’s game also saw more success on the power play with three goals slotted in. Parfett attributes that to playing a more disciplined game.
“There were a few games that we looked back on where we knew we had to better compose ourselves. Playing against the Royals, we knew they were one of the most penalized teams in the league so we knew we had to put puck pressure on them, we would get opportunities on the power play and that’s how it worked out.”
Heading into this weekend, the roost is looking for a balance of aggression and solid defence. Recalling the lackluster performance against Wetaskiwin, Parfett outlined players must come mentally ready and aware of their responsibilities and roles on the ice. The Hawks also can’t let themselves get intimidated, especially the rookies.
“We have to play disciplined and defensively sound,” Parfett said about this Friday’s home game.
The home game against the Sherwood Park Knights will begin at 8 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre.
Icemen put Hawks offence on freeze
Published: Saturday, 28 October 2017 09:40
Written by Cody Janzen
Hawks claw four points
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:04:21 MDT PM
Luke Farrell slips past Leduc Riggers’ defence during the Oct.22 4-1 win at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. He potted his first goal with the Hawks against St. Albert during the Fort’s 6-3 win on Oct. 20.
They got the win but their hearts were not in it.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks played a slow 60 minutes against the Leduc Riggers but came out with the 4-1 win at home on Oct. 22.
Hawks captain Mason Younger likened Sunday’s play, which saw almost 60 shots on net, to individualized pond hockey.
“It just didn’t feel right. We should have been doing things better. No one was driving for rebounds. We didn’t have one guy in front of the net. Every other game we have a second guy driving the net but for some reason, our game was just out to lunch today. A win is a win on paper but we felt like we were losing that game from the get go,” Younger criticized.
Goals were put up by Noah Kieser (assisted by Luke Farrell and Tanner Melnyk), Dylan Dorval (set up by Luke Farrell and Chase Pouliot), Jake Farrell (assisted by Justin Ferris and Jesse Morrison) and Tyson Davey (aided by Ferris).
Younger would like players to rely on multiple power play plans; “The other team is reading how we’re going to pass, anticipate it and cutting it off and then we’re let wondering what to do next, thinking it took away our only option. So we need to come together in practice and work on a Plan B and C and make sure everyone is on the same page and not making the same plays every time.”
Assistant coach, Keith Toomey added the team needs to focus on simple plays, generate plays down low, crash the net and get more guys in front of the net to deflect shots to make the most of power plays.
“We’re making a lot of the shots from the outside but I think we have a lot more to give after tonight,” he noted.
The Hawks secured four points in total from the weekend with a 6-3 win over the St. Albert Merchants on Oct. 20. Friday’s game play was the complete opposite of Sunday’s, with the Fort maintaining puck pressure in St. Albert’s end and shutting down St. Albert’s break out passes.
“St. Albert is a better team and I’m not sure if that’s what got them hyped up but that shouldn’t be the mentality but you can’t complain about a four point weekend.”
Farrell brothers both found their first goals with the Hawks over the two games. Luke slotted one in against St. Albert on Friday and had another two assists against Leduc and Jake secured a goal in the third period against Leduc.
“For Jake to come out with his brother and give what he’s giving, it’s nice. We needed a D-man and he filled that role. He’s a nice guy who keeps his composure and even though he’s taken off a couple years off from playing hockey, it doesn’t look like it and he’s fitting in nicely with the guys,” Younger said.
Luke noted he’s still a rookie who’s trying to prove himself; “I’ve always been in your in face kind of player, trying to get the puck to the net and set plays up too. With the first goal, we were cycling around and ending up getting it up top and we took a shot. The second goal, I saw him coming in the high slot, the puck came around and I turned around quickly and got it in front of the net and it worked out.”
This weekend, the Fort will look to steal back two points from Wetaskiwin. The Hawks are still sour about dropping an overtime winner to the Icemen on Oct. 1. Regardless of that team’s size, Younger said the team needs to get back grinding and its Hawks-style of hockey. The puck drops against Wetaskiwin at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. The Fort will also play the Edmonton Royals at Confederation at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Hawks shut down Riggers
Published: Sunday, 22 October 2017 23:01
Written by Cody Janzen
Hawks soar past Royals
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:57:00 MDT PM
Hawks forward Justin Ferris found his way back on to the game sheet with two goals during the Oct. 6 game against the Edmonton Royals. The Junior B squad finished the night with a 7-5 win.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks surged past the visiting Edmonton Royals in a 7-5 victory at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Oct. 7.
The Fort dominated in the first period 4-2, with shots slotted in by Tyson Davey, Mason Younger and a pair by Justin Ferris. Davey continued the momentum in the second period and Noah Kieser also got a part of the action. Davey rounded out the night with an unassisted hat trick in the dying minutes of the third.
“We’re really happy offensively how we played. Part of that is Justin returning to play with Tyson again. They have a lot of chemistry together. That started in Wetaskiwin (last weekend) and it carried over into the game against the Royals.”
The developed chemistry of the Davey-Ferris pairing seen in previous seasons was undeniable on Friday night as Davey backed both of Ferris’ goals and Ferris supported Davey in another.
“They play really well together and know where each other are on the ice and that’s really starting to show this year,” said head coach John Parfett.
Chemistry is still trying to be solidified for Kieser, who previously played with Gage Gorda last season, “He works so hard that it doesn’t really matter who you put him with, he’s going to produce. We’re scratching our heads trying to figure out who would be the best line mates for him.”
Besides Ferris and Kieser falling back into their offensives lines, after serving suspensions from last season, the Hawk’s goalie and defence are also falling into place with confidence shown in D-man Mike Gaumont and goalie Lawrence Rosychuk.
“For (Rosychuk’s) first game, I think it was a positive sign for us based on the way he played. There was one goal he would have liked to have back but he doesn’t let his emotions get to him. He remains composed and focused. He’s a solid goaltender and it gives the players some trust having a veteran goalie in net too. It makes them a little bit more confident,” Parfett said.
Another high point was not giving up any power play goals to the Royals. The Hawks’ penalty kill is gelling with a mix of vets Alex Antal, Dylan Dorval, Jesse Morrison, Davey, and Kieser, along with rookie Bryton Gawron.
Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Mustangs was called off because of bad ice conditions in an away game, however coaches agree that was a hidden blessing with the Hawks’ rookie party held the night before.
The Fort had a glimpse of Beverly’s deep, quick team during exhibition and expects more of the same this weekend.
“We’re going have to play our top game against Beverly. Morinville we don’t know to much about because they’ve lost some of their top players but they still have a few players who can score some goals. Our focus, especially after Friday’s game, will be tightening up defensively in our end. We gave up far too many chances against the Royals which we’ll work on this week,” Parfett added.
The Hawks play the Morinville Jets at the JRC at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 before facing the Beverly Warriors on the evening of Oct. 15 at Clairview.
Hawks dealt double defeat
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:12:05 MDT PM
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks dropped two games against the Strathcona Bruins and Wetaskiwin Icemen on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1. They next play the Edmonton Royals at home on Friday night.
They were able to walk away with one point, but the Hawks are licking their wounds after back to back loses.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks fell 3-2 to the Strathcona Bruins at home on Sept. 29 and lost in an overtime 6-5 upset against the Wetaskiwin Icemen on Oct. 1.
The Bruins’ battle brought more of a physical game and Strathcona were aggressive in their penalty kill. That’s in stark contrast to games played against Beaumont and Sherwood Park in which the Fort saw back to back wins to open the season.
“It was a bit of a disappointment on Friday. I don’t think we were prepared as well as we could have been for that game, but giving Strathcona credit, they’re a hard working team and are currently tied for first place in our division. They’re not a team to be taken lightly and we’ll have to work hard in order to be successful against them. That was a lesson for our guys,” said Hawks head coach John Parfett.
After three unanswered goals in the first 40 minutes, Bryton Gawron put the red and black on the scoresheet early in the third period with an unassisted goal. Darren Tardif, backed by Alex Antal and Jack Snider made one last effort in the last two minutes of the game but too little too late.
Gawron affiliated with the team last year but is making his presence known this year. Coaching staff are already tapping into his potential by using him more on the penalty kill and moved him up in the line up to play with Noah Kieser and Matt Bennett.
“You don’t have to worry about his level of play. He’s just focused that way every game. It was nice to see him rewarded with that goal,” Parfett noted.
Another positive this season is the team’s shifting mentality of not giving up late in games, which was evident playing against the Bruins and Icemen.
“We’ve seen the attitude with a lot of the new players coming to the team that they don’t give up and they don’t get down. In years past, when we had a goal scored on us, it deflated the team and we couldn’t recover. In all four games this year, including Wetaskiwin’s game, when we get down a couple goals, we’re not done. We keep working hard and it’s paid off. It’s a real positive sign moving forward with this team,” Parfett explained.
Sunday’s game against Wetaskiwin saw the Hawks dig deep with two goals a piece to either team in the first (Fort’s goal slotted in by Darren Tardif and Tyson Davey), Noah Kieser setting the tone early in the second but the Fort dropped another two goals to the Icemen. Wetaskiwin struck again late through the third but the Fort came back to tie up the game and force overtime with goals from Justin Ferris and Jesse Morrison. Wetaskiwin’s Lane Lightning struck four minutes into OT to finish off the flock.
“It arguably could have been 3-0 in that first period, we were all over Wetaskiwin. We played what I would say was our best period of hockey so far this year but unfortunately we finished that period with a 2-2 tie. Their goalie made a lot of good saves and we had some funny goals on us,” Parfett said.
As we were walking to the dressing room, one of the fans yelled out to say, ‘You should be up 6-0.’”
Even though the Fort saw its offense bolstered by Ferris and Kieser back in the line up, the Icemen picked off the Hawks’ defence. Snider’s luck also ran out on D because his skate blade fell off.
“For the better part of that game, we were the better team.We were able to claw back a point from the game which is a good sign for us,” the coach added.
This weekend the Hawks will get a glimpse of both CJHL teams in the capital city. The Fort will host the Edmonton Royals at the Jubilee Recreation Centre at 8 p.m. on Oct. 6. They will also play away on Sunday against the Edmonton Mustangs.
Fort fans should expect a rough game against the Royals on Friday, with that team already racking up 180 penalty minutes. The Hawks, for the most part have maintain their composure with 87 minutes in the sin bin.
“It’s unusual because the Royals are usually a more disciplined team... Looks like they’re playing a different style of hockey this year. I don’t think it will be a surprise if the Royals come out that way playing against us but we shouldn’t be caught off guard because we’ve played a couple of games like that now,” Parfett said.
Hawks hungry for the hunt
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:25:30 MDT PM
Hawks forward Tyson Davey chases after the puck during Sunday’s home game against the Beaumont Chiefs. After assisting in the first goal scored by Matthew Bennett in the first, Davey held kill off various penalties, which frustrated the Chiefs bench. Final score was 5-3 at the Jubilee Recreation Centre.
They’re coming in hot!
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks wrangled two back to back wins against the Sherwood Park Knights and the Beaumont Chiefs to start off the regular season on Sept. 22 and Sept. 24.
While Beaumont bounced the Fort out of the second round of playoffs, the Hawks licked their wounds, turned the momentum around and came back from a two goal deficit after the first period to take a 5-3 win on Sunday.
“We’re still short players and we have a lot of rookies in the line up so we didn’t know what to expect. We knew this was going to be a test. I was hoping to get at least two points out of the weekend so to get both is big,” Hawks head coach John Parfett said, adding the team isn’t at full strength yet being short players, both due to roster holes and player suspensions.
Matthew Bennett started and ended the score sheet for the Fort, with a goal scored at 14:47 in the second (assisted by Jesse Morrison and Tyson Davey) and a goal in the third (assisted by Davey). Feeding off the first goal of the season, the Hawks potted another three goals in the second. Those goals were generated by Darren Tardiff, Jack Snider, and Mason Younger.
“I got the right bounce at the right time and I’m not complaining, that’s for sure,” Bennett said about the first goal. “I can honestly say I just stood in front of the net and was hoping for the best. Jesse definitely had a great shot off the pad there and I was lucky enough to get a shot at the open net and bury it and that gave momentum to the guys. We came back, pushed them harder, and pushed them against the wall and make them step back a little bit.”
Bennett added this year he understands his role and is enjoying more ice time. He advises rookies to be patient, take advantage of the shifts they do get and prove their worth to coaches.
Younger, again this year’s captain, said it’s great to watch Bennett grow into a leadership position this year, with more confidence, more shots on net, and playing a more physical game.
“He’s shaping up to be one of our most competitive players on the team and his work ethic will only increase,” the captain said.
“It was a huge game for Matt. He was a little slow to get going during exhibition but he worked well with Tyson and Jesse. I thought they all had a great game,” noted Parfett.
Another high energy line, Alex Antal, Dylan Dorval, Darren Tardiff are expected to push the competition this season.
“They’re a tough line to play against and we saw that during exhibition. The challenge with them is to keep them from going over the line and staying out of the penalty box. We’ll work on that but they do what we need them to do,” Parfett noted.
“It’s amazing what (penalty kill teams) can do, especially Davey with that stick. There was one penalty kill where (the Chiefs) came up the boards three times and he got his stick on all three and that really got them frustrated because they couldn’t score on the power play. That’s usually a time when you can put games away or come back,” recalled Bennett.
Younger noted it’s nice to see plays executed during practice brought into a reality of what the Hawks are capable of this year and he believes the team is geling well together.
“(Antal, Dorval and Tardiff) generate a lot of stuff down low, they’re not afraid to go in there and cycle down low. You can relate them to the grind line. It’s awesome. We see them out there busting their balls, they’re working hard, everyone on the bench is feeding off of it and usually a couple shifts later works in our favour. They’re working out great and it’s only the start of the season,” Younger outlined.
Sherwood Park’s away game on Friday saw the nest rebound from trailing 3-0 half way through the second and saw points put up by Mason Younger, Alex Antal, Jack Snider in the second, as well as Davey in the third and captain Younger slotted in the overtime goal, assisted by Cole McIssac and Davey.
“Overall, we out worked Sherwood Park on Friday night and we outshot Beaumont tonight. It’s a really good sign that the guys are buying into it and putting the other team on their heels. It’s paying off,” Parfett said.
Josh Fedoruich became more comfortable between the pipes, fighting off 10 shots on net in the first, 15 in the second, and six in the third. Even though the team is still looking to bring on one more D-man, the defensive also backed Fedoruich, especially as they fought off seven Chiefs power plays.
“He’s a high energy goalie but he composed himself very well tonight, which is a good sign for us in goal. We’re pretty happy with what we’ve seen,” Parfett said.
This Friday’s home game will be against the Strathcona Bruins. Coaches expect Strathcona to be a hard working, fast team and the Fort will have to put in the effort to match them.
“Having a 2-0 weekend is always nice and we’ll be looking to feed off of that. I know in the past, we’ve come off a little flat against Strathcona but it’s a new season and we have new bodies. We’ll have to showcase more of what we did tonight and have more second and third period efforts. Hopefully in that third game, we’ll go 3-0,” Younger said.
The Fort will also face Wetaskiwin in an away game on Sunday, who will be hungry for their first win after losing two thus far.
Puck drops against the Bruins at 8 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Sept. 29.
Hawks comeback falls short against Strathcona
Published: Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:08
Written by Cody Janzen
Hawks battle back twice for weekend sweep
Published: Monday, 25 September 2017 07:40
Written by Cody Janzen
Junior B Hawks short on defence
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:44:27 MDT PM
Hawks pairing Darren Tardiff and Dylan Dorval, along with Alex Antal are proving lethal during preseason play and coaching staff hope to use that chemistry going forward in the regular season. The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks’ first game of the season will be played against Sherwood Park at the Sherwood Park Arena on Friday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m. Their home opener is set for Sept. 24 against Beaumont. Puck will drop at 7:45 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Sunday.
The Hawk’s nest is nearly complete.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks added another victory to wrap up their preseason play on Sept. 13 with a 6-2 win over Spruce Grove, a game which played past The Record’s publication deadline.
While a few strange pucks past the gloves of veteran goalie, Micah Bonneville, forward Tyson Davey put up multiple points and assist to pull out the win. Seventeen-year-old rookie goaltender Josh Fedorvich sealed the deal with a shut out.
Veteran overagers, Justin Ferris, Noah Kieser, and Mason Younger are currently locked into the Fort’s roster, but the team is scrambling to find a solid defenceman after notice by the league they couldn’t keep Shaun Ropcean, 17. Edmonton Minor Hockey is blocking players at that age from playing at the Junior B level. Now, the Hawks are evaluating whether to bring back Josh Spicer as an overager, who can play both positions, and play with two rookie goaltenders or keep Bonneville.
“We’re still looking to fill some roster spots. That one is up in the air right now,” said Hawks head coach John Parfett. “We’re still looking for players. As we sit today, we still have three or four open cards and we’re looking to add another defenceman to our roster.”
Currently, coaching staff are not completely confident in this year’s line up, outside of the top eight forwards. The Fort will also be at a disadvantage during the first three regular season games as Ferris and Noah have to serve suspensions from last season’s playoff run.
“Once we get them back in the line up, our top two lines will be fairly competitive with any team in the league. We’ve liked what we’ve seen from Alex Antal, Dylan Dorval and Darren Tardiff. They’ve worked well together in all of the exhibition games. I still think we’d like to find another really offensive player, someone who has the ability to put the puck in the net. In terms of replacing Gage Gorda from last year, we haven’t had anybody step up and fill that role yet — not to say none of these players won’t do that but we haven’t seen it yet.”
On D, the team is confident with returning players, Mason, Jack Snider, Cole McIssac and Tanner Melynk as well as rookies Mike Gaumont and Chase Pouliot, who have improved throughout exhibition.
“We’re pretty solid on defence but it’s pretty hard to run with only six defensemen. As what we’ve seen in the last couple of years, we need at least one more just because of suspensions, injuries or work commitments. We had six defensemen last year and had trouble putting six into the line up most nights.”
Overall, Parfett is pleased with the effort shown by all rookies in practice and preseason games, noting they’re hungry and bring a new energy and work ethic to the bench.
The Hawks’ first regular season game will be on rival ice at the Sherwood Park Arena on Friday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m.
“We’ve heard some rumours that they have some returning Junior players and they should be stronger than they were last year. They had a couple of strong rookies last year who played in the All-Star game so they had talent coming in and their goaltending was decent last year, so we expect them to be a competitive team,” Parfett said in regards to predicting Sherwood Park’s level of play.
The Hawks will host their home opener on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7:45 p.m. against Beaumont. Both rookie goalies for the Fort will get the chance to prove their worth as each one will get a start between the pipes.
Hawks split exhibition
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:45:36 MDT PM
The Hawks clawed a 7-3 victory over Spruce Grove at home during exhibition play on Sept. 8. The regular season begins on Sept. 22 in Sherwood Park.
They might have let them get under their skin, but the Hawks came away with the first win in preseason play.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks shook off the summer break with a 7-3 win over Spruce Grove during their first exhibition game held on home ice at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Sept. 8.
“It was huge for us because we do have a lot of new players. Gaining some confidence is very important. When we’re trying to focus on dictating the pace of the play and forcing turnovers, if we do that and see success in a game then it establishes that confidences and helps with players buying into what we’re trying to do,” said Hawks head coach John Parfett.
Certain combinations are already displaying strength for the Hawks such as the Alex Antal, Darren Tardif, and Dylan Dorval line up (Antal claimed the first goal and later backed two assists, Tardif had three assists, and Dorval produced two assists) as well as the Matthew Bennett and Jesse Morrison pairing which saw Bennett on the score sheet once with a goal and an assist and Morrison with a goal and two assists. Goals were also attributed to Cole McIssac, Mason Younger, and Bryton Gawron.
Outside of blending well with his line mates and being hard on the puck, Parfett was impressed by Antal’s face off strength, which has been an area the team has been trying to beef up with centremen.
“Having that kind of skill developed already is a definite asset for the team” he added.
On the vets front, Mason Younger continued to be strong on D, regardless of a few frustrated penalties in the third. Both Mike Sapara and Darrel Stranger were aggressive in their play, which Parfett said both #15 and #5 were proving their worth and that they belong on the team.
“I didn’t see anything I didn’t like from the vets. They all played the way I expected them to. They’re all proving they can play at this level.”
One rookie surprise included Bryton Gawron, who previous affiliated games last season. Comparing him to the likes of former caption, Ryan Thomas, Parfett said Gawron leaves it all on the ice every single shift. On defense, underager Mike Gaumout, who chose to join the Hawks instead of playing Midget AA, held his own after the first period.
“Those two stand out for me but all of the rookies, in terms of their effort and what they can do out there, were a pleasant surprise in the game,” noted Parfett.
Penalties are already haunting the Hawks this year as they lost their cool in the third period of Friday’s game. Leading 3-0 into the last 20 minutes, Spruce Grove landed three goals and even though each one was answered by the Fort, the Hawks bench switched to defense to fight off seven penalties.
“It gave them momentum and that can turn a game. It’s a lesson that hockey players seem to need to learn over and over... and over again about how important penalties are and how they can change a game,” Parfett said.
“The key message with situations like that is just to take a deep breath. Our guys let their emotions get the best of them a little bit... and emotions tend to make us distracted. That’s when we look to our leadership to calm the bench down.”
While that win put wind in their sails, it was knocked back out during a tough loss against the Beverly Warriors at Clareview on Sept. 10. Likened to a penalty tsunami and some questionable calls from refs, the Hawks were only able to generate one goal, which was short handed on a penalty kill by Tyson Davey in the first. The Warriors secured five powerplay goals in the first 20 minutes and the game didn’t fair much better with a 6-1 final for Beverly.
The Hawk’s third and final exhibition game against Spruce Grove was played Wednesday night, past The Record’s publication deadline. First regular season game will head to the Sherwood Park arena against Sherwood Park on Sept. 22.
Some tough decisions are coming up next week when the coaches have to figure out which four of eight overage players they’re going to keep.
Hawks need to win two straight
Published: Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:43
- Written by Cody Janzen
Hawks split first two games
Published: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:50
- Written by Cody Janzen
Playoffs off to good start for Hawks
The Hawks came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first period during Friday evening’s home game against the Strathcona Bruins and soared to take the game with a 9-3 win. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks swept their opening playoff series against the Strathcona Bruins.
The flock came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first period during Friday evening’s home game and soared to take the game with a 9-3 win.
“To not only come back from two-zip but to put in 67 shots on net, that was huge for us and hopefully we’ll bring that into Sunday and sweep the series,” Gorda said on Friday forecasting the Fort’s series one landslide.
Gorda generated a pair of goals and an assist and started the scoring landslide in the second period, which head coach John Parfett said he had five solid scoring chances as the chemistry continues with his newer line mates Tyson Davey and Dylan Dorval. Mike Spara also had a pair of goals and Tyler Dorval, Darren Stranger, Jesse Morrison, Justin Ferris, and Tyson Davey all found the back of the net. Having all lines equally contributing encouraged the captain.
“We acted as a collective. All lines were getting shots on net. Our fourth line was grinding and our first line was getting pucks on net and creating opportunities down low. Everyone was rolling. It was nice to see,” Mason Younger said.
Refocusing the team between the first and second period, Parfett had the Hawks tighten up in the corners in the Fort’s end and concentrating more bodies in front of the net.
“In the second period, we did a better job with all of that and all of a sudden the tables turned. We got 30 shots in the second. We didn’t have to say much to motivate them tonight. They came to play,” Parfett recalled.
“We knew we could have these guys. Our big thing was not to get down if we (were trailing). We stayed optimistic and then everything started going our way. Everything completely flipped upside down and you know what the rest of the story is. You can’t get down because, with playoffs especially, anything can happen,” Gorda added.
Both the captain and coach agree, Sapara’s character on the ice reminds them of former captain Ryan Thomas:
“No one can replace Ryan Thomas but Mike brings the same kind of play. He’s a hard worker and sometimes it’s not pretty what he does out there. He’ll dig as hard as he can for pucks in the corners, create turn overs, and go hard to the net,” Parfett said.
“He brings that same kind of work ethic (as Thomas). Him and Darren Tardiff are the hardest working guys in my opinion. He’s not afraid to get into the corner or back down when someone’s coming at him full speed, he’ll keep going to the net with the puck. He’s a good addition to the Hawks,” Younger noted.
Sapara switched his Stony Plain jersey for the red and black in December because he believed in the team’s potential.
“I knew they could be a championship winning team so I wanted to help them out,” Sapara said. “I keep saying to the coaches I bring a third line spark to the team. When I get the puck going in the net, I just keep scoring and that’s what I’ll keep trying to do and if I can do that I can help the team with their playoff run.”
Regardless of finishing fourth in the northern division Capital Junior Hockey League, the team remains confident they’ll go all the way.
“With the group of guys we have in there, everyone’s buying in. We’ve had meetings and everyone’s agreed to going dry, setting goals and going to hold each other accountable. It’s nice to see everyone come together and get serious as to what we do as a whole,” Younger said.
It’ll be go time against the Fort as they’ll face the first ranked CJHL team, the Beaumont Chiefs, in the next round of playoffs. In a best of three series, the Hawks will be play an away game this Friday and will return to home ice at the JRC on Sunday at 7:45 p.m.
Hawks triple Bruins in playoff opener
Published: Saturday, 11 February 2017 15:17
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks primed for playoffs
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks’ training seems to have paid off as they’re in good shape heading into playoffs, winning their last three games against Strathcona, Leduc and Sherwood Park handily. (Omar Mosleh/Record Staff)
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks are confident as they head off into the playoffs, playing their first match against rival the Strathcona Bruins this Friday, Feb. 10 at the JRC at 8 p.m.
Although they just recently handily defeated the Bruins 7-2 on Feb. 3, head coach John Parfett noted they’ve been intentionally keeping their “secret weapon” Jared McAmmond, who most recently played for Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, off the ice.
“It’ll be the first time we play with him in the lineup,” Parfett said. “So even though we’re happy with what happened Friday, we know we’ll see a different team this Friday in the playoffs.”
The Hawks currently sit at fourth in their division with a 23-11-0 record. Following back to back losses against the Wetaskiwin Icemen and Edmonton Royals in January, Parfett and the rest of the coaching staff have challenged the team to pick up their level of play.
“What we’ve been trying to do the last five games here is trying to focus the team on getting ready for playoffs,” Parfett said.
The players seem to have embraced that message as they recently saw two resounding wins against Strathcona and Leduc, winning 7-2 and 12-1 on Feb. 3 and 5 respectively.
Against Strathcona, the teams played a quiet first period with the Hawks ramping things up and getting five goals in the second. They followed that up with two goals in the third, outshooting the Bruins 44-31 over the course of the game.
“Between the first and second our communication to the team was to establish our level of play, to ensure we were dictating the play. And I thought we did that really well in the second period against Strathcona,” Parfett said.
Parfett mostly credited the massive win against Leduc to his players, including goalie Lawrence Rosychuk. But he also acknowledged that Leduc’s goaltending and defence fell short.
“We knew they weren’t going to have a lot of fight left in them, so our challenge was to ensure we were still playing at the level expected for the playoffs,” Parfett said.
“We were worried that it might it just become a chippy game, which it looked like it might have in the first, but it kind of worked its way into a game where we were able to keep them on their heels for the whole game,” he added.
They followed up those two wins with another strong 5-2 win against the Sherwood Park Knights on Feb. 7 in an away game.
Parfett credited players Gage Gorda, Tyson Davey, Justin Ferris and Noah Kieser for being top goals corers and expects them all to play a leadership role in playoffs, as well.
“They’ve sort of been our leaders for putting pucks in the net. And we’ve been looking to find the right line combinations for them leading into the playoffs.”
The season’s last regular game season doesn’t have any impact on the Hawks’ standing going into the playoffs, but the extra points could provide an advantage going forward over the Beverly Warriors, who are just behind the Hawks in the standings.
“If we finish ahead of them we get home ice advantage. So if there’s anything important for us is to catch those last two points.”
Hawks dominate Bruins
Published: Saturday, 04 February 2017 01:02
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks likely mid pack heading into eastern playoffs
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks thumped the top-ranking eastern division team, the Beaumont Chiefs, in a 8-4 win at the JRC on Jan. 27. However, they ran out of puck luck and time against Spruce Grove in an away game on Jan. 29 and took a 6-5 loss. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff
With just a few games remaining before the start of playoffs, the Hawks ruffled the feathers of the top team in their division.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks dominated 8-4 over the Beaumont Chiefs at home on Jan. 27. The night belonged to Tyson Daveys who’s stand out performance generated two goals and two assists but the Hawk’s displayed their offensive depth with goals slotted in by Darren Tardiff, Josh Sinatynski, Mason Younger, and Noah Kieser, as well as a pair of goals produced by Dylan Dorval. The Hawks needed to recoup a win after suffering two hard loses against the Edmonton Royals and Wetaskiwins the previous weekend.
“We can’t move up much in the standings but it’s good for our confidence and good to go into playoffs on a roll, so that all starts here,” said Daveys after Friday’s home win. “It’s huge. (Beaumont) is in first place and they’re a tough team. They’ve won the first three games against us this year so it’s important to get the win.”
The team captain was encouraged by many basics coming together on the ice, such as cycling down low, forechecking, shutting down the Chief’s offense, and having each player focused on every shift to create an overall team effort. Young commended Daveys on his contribution, noting he was in the right spot at the right time, as well as Bonneville’s save on the two-on-one breakaway on a powerplay in the second.
“(The Chiefs) were passing it back and forth, doing tic-tac-toe, and Micah slid over and got past the puck and then slid again to catch it with his glove. It was the best save all year,” the captain recalled.
“We could have limited a few of their goals. We gave up a couple of the guys in the slot and there are a couple plays that (goalie) Micah (Bonneville) wants back and myself too, a couple two on ones, but winning against the highest ranked team in the league, it always feels good,” Younger said.
Head coach John Parfett added the win was a combination of Bonneville’s confidence between the pipes as well as limiting Beaumont’s offense and capitalizing on their weaker defense and goaltending.
Sadly, a Saturday evening team event came back to haunt the Hawks in Sunday’s 6-5 away loss against the Spruce Grove Regals. Missing key players such as Tanner Melnyk and Noah Kieser for school commitments, Zac Wilson for injury as well as Alex Nisbet who received a hit from behind in the second period, the Hawks bench was hurting and were shorthanded defensively.
The team also took some bad penalties which handed the Regals three power play goals.
“We had some four minute penalties... they scored on a five on three. Those were really some low lights of the game,” Parfett recalled.
“Spruce Grove is fighting for a playoff spot so we knew they were going to come out and play, which they did. You had a team that’s hungry and desperate to win and they threw a lot of pucks on the net ... We just dug a hole we couldn’t recover from,” the coach added.
The Hawks came back from a 6-1 deficit in the third period but just ran out of time. Dylan Dorval saw his name on the score sheet first, which was followed up two periods later by Jesse Morrison and Brand Clark who each found a goal as well as Justin Ferris who netted a pair. Both Boe Geislinger and Tyson Davey were huge set up guys with both forwards claiming three assists each.
The Hawks will next take on the Strathcona Bruins at home this Friday. Younger hopes his bench will again buy into the coaches’ systems like how they played against Beaumont.
“Playoffs are right around the corner. We need to swipe the slate clean and start developing good habits,” Mason said. “Getting ready for playoffs, we need to play hard hockey, hitting them, forcing turnovers, playing a good defensive zone, they’re all aspects that need to come together.”
Regardless of beating Strathcona twice out of three games or their 12-21 regular season record, the Hawks will not take them lightly on home ice because of steady improvement, said Parfett.
“We want to work hard, put the other team on their heels and we’ll stay disciplined against Strathcona. It’s a good time to see them because we’ll likely play off against them in playoffs,” Parfett said.
If neither Icemen or Royals lose their games this weekend, the Hawks will remain fourth in the CJHL’s eastern division rankings heading into playoffs.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. at the JRC.
Hawks confident heading into playoffs
Published: Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:32
- Written by Tim Evans
Fort Hawks fired up over electric crowds
Published: Monday, 30 January 2017 13:58
- Written by Tim Evans
Hawks win big over Chiefs
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Justin Ferris leading Hawks in goals and points
- Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:15
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Mason Younger is Hawks' new captain, league assist leader
Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:33
- Written by Luke England
Hawks comeback, triumph over Royals
Published: Saturday, 14 January 2017 00:08
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks start 2017 with new captain, goalie
Before the Christmas break, goalie Carter Anderson departed from the Hawks to go home in BC, which left the vacancy wide open for Lawrence Rosychuk, who previously played with the Morinville Jets. Following Friday’s game, Rosychuk said he feels welcomed by the team and well supported by his defensemen. (Lindsay Morey/Record).
A new year, a new captain, and a renewed outlook on what it will take to make it to the Capital Junior Hockey League playoffs.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks started off 2017 right with two back to back wins. The Junior B team took a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Mustangs on Jan. 6 and collected another pair of points after a 6-3 win over St. Albert on Jan. 8. Tyler Dorval, Noah Kieser, Gage Gorda and Josh Sinatynski all saw their names on Friday’s score sheet.
“Obviously we have a limited amount of games left and we want to finish as high as we can going into playoffs. These points are big for us ... It builds our confidence moving forward,” head coach John Parfett said.
A crisp ‘C’ was sported on Mason Younger’s jersey for the first time against the Mustangs. Coaching staff said he was the obvious choice for captain and earned that spot because he has been a leader keeping the team positive on the bench, has consistent game play, has disciplined attitude, and is one of the top-goal generating defensemen in the league.
“The first reaction was being a bit shocked that they named me but then I felt honoured to fill Ryan Thomas’ shoes because of his work ethic and how he’s led the team in the past,” Younger said about his new role.
He’d like to increase the flock’s determination and effort for the remainder of the season. The team currently ranks fourth in the CJHL’s northern division.
“If the boys want it, we can take it. In my opinion, we’ve been slacking over the last little while and with playoffs just around the corner, I’d like to get everyone’s drive and determination up. We need to be full steam ahead and play our kind of hockey,” Younger said.
The main downfall of Friday’s game was suffering three game misconducts taken by Kieser, Spicer, and a Brandon Clark. Parfett noted better decisions have to be made, especially penalties such as Clark’s which was taken right at the end of a game.
“We really need to recognize that. That was a total brain fart in my opinion. There’s no other way to put it. Stupid penalties are stupid penalties. We need to own up to it in the dressing room and on the bench and hold each other accountable for every single one,” Younger said.
Echoing that sentiment, Gorda said the Hawks need to rid themselves of the bad habits now as the team has less than 10 regular season games and waiting until playoffs to address those problems would be too late.
“We need to change that mentality now. It’s a different tempo than in the beginning of the year. We need to change those habits and work on it now and then playoffs will take care of itself because we’ll be prepared for it.”
There was also a new face in between the pipes. Before the Christmas break, goalie Carter Anderson departed from the Hawks to go home in BC, which left the vacancy wide open for Lawrence Rosychuk, who previously played with the Morinville Jets. Following Friday’s game, Rosychuk said he feels welcomed by the team and well supported by his defensemen.
“He gave us a shutout over Leduc before Christmas. He’s a really good goaltender, really fundamentally sound and controls the rebounds really well,” Parfett said.
Rosychuk is a familiar face in the local hockey world as he’s played peewee, spring hockey, and Bantam AAA with many Fort players.
“To see him back with the Hawks, in the right jersey, it’s nice to see. He brings more confidence and drive,” the captain said. “Micah’s always been our go-to goalie, but having another solid goaltender on our roster, it will increases Micah’s drive to be that starting goalie and it allows both of them to compete for that starting position because they’re both great goaltenders.”
The Hawks will next host the Edmonton Royals at home this weekend on Friday, Jan. 13.
Parfett expects the Royals to maintain their quick transitions backed with strong offense but plans to have the Hawks push back in the neutral zone to find the win.
“They’re a skilled team who doesn’t like to get hit. Just like last year’s second round in playoffs, we’ll have to run them into the boards and scare them out of the rink — because we don’t like those guys. We’ll bring that one-two-punch with our hits and scoring and hopefully we’ll come out on top,” Gorda noted.
The puck drops at 8 p.m. at the JRC.
Hawks trump Mustangs
Published: Saturday, 07 January 2017 10:20
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hat-trick for Ferris, Keiser scores two in Hawks' OT win
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks' captain leaving for job opportunity
Published: Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:07
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks snap Icemen’s streak
Fort Saskatchewan Hawks forward Gage Gorda was the hero of the night on Dec. 9 with a hat trick (one goal on the power play aided by Tyson Davey and Matthew Bennett, one penalty shot, and one goal on even footing and set up by Davey and Jesse Morrison). (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
There’s nothing like snapping an rivals’ winning streak, while bouncing back from pair of loses — and that’s exactly what the Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks did at home against Wetaskiwin.
Fort Saskatchewan Hawks forward Gage Gorda was the hero of the night with a hat trick (one goal on the power play aided by Tyson Davey and Matthew Bennett, one penalty shot, and one goal on even footing and set up by Davey and Jesse Morrison). Noah Kieser and Darren Tardif also saw their names on the scoreboard to capture the 5-4 win over the Wetaskiwin Icemen at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Dec. 9.
“I’m happy with the hat trick but even more happy about getting the two points for the night,” Gorda said. “It’s a good win for us because the Icemen are a head of us in the standings.”
Head coach John Parfett underscored the importance of generating more shots on net, and not just the pretty shots, but the ugly goals too.
“The best ones are the greasy ones. The ones you have to work for a little bit,” Gorda said.
“He knew he had to start putting the puck in the net. Our last game against the Red Wings, he was kind of snake-bitten so he put some pressure on himself (tonight),” Parfett said.
Hawks captain Ryan Thomas said it feels great bounce back with the win after two back to back loses against the Edmonton Red Wings and Beaumont Chiefs and was encouraged to see goal generation by Gorda, who recently returned from injury.
“It was huge. (Gorda) was on fire tonight. It was great to see him get those goals and he’s been working great with Kieser,” Thomas said, “Now we can keep this high going and hopefully before Christmas we’ll keep getting the wins and keep rolling.”
The Hawks didn’t expect anything but a tough battle over Wetaskiwin because they’re ranked third in the CJHL’s East Division and they have the most amount of penalty minutes of any CJHL team, with 994 minutes (compare to the Fort’s 770).
“They’re a tough team. They play a very physical game and they were on an eight game winning streak. The guys stuck to the game plan for the most part and had a little trouble in the second but it was a fun game — and a fun game to watch from the bench,” Parfett said.
Both teams chirped back and forth throughout the game, both on and off the ice, and some dirty hits and calls were missed by refs but Wetaskiwin took 10 penalties and Hawks drew nine penalties, forcing them to kill off 12 minutes of the Icemen on the power play. A huge brawl erupted at the end of the game, which awarded a further two penalties to Wetaskiwin for roughing and Hawks took three penalties for the same as well as unsportsmanlike conduct.
“There were two or three penalties that were disappointing which we could have held our composure on... but it’s something we have been working on. In the last four games, we’ve done very well in working on our discipline but tonight was a very emotional and heated game so it’s hard for guys to control their emotions,” Parfett said, “Wetaskiwin plays this way and that’s the way they built their team and they want to be like that going into playoffs so they’ll be a hard team to play against and I think we can match up very well with them.”
The role of discipline needs to be reiterated on the bench, echoed Hawks captain Ryan Thomas, even though he ended by in the sin box himself with tripping and slashing calls, “I was a little bit off my game tonight, just wasn’t thinking out there and need to settle down a little bit.”
Gorda added penalties ended up hurting the roost during last year’s playoffs and it’s something he doesn’t want being repeated this year. He added dumb penalties taken against the Icemen where ones where players stopped moving their feet due to exhaustion so they lashed back through slashing.
“Five on five, we can skate with anyone. It’s a lesson that we need to learn from last year. It’s about taking shots, playing in between the whistles — and between the whistles only — and it should work out for us,” Gorda said, “We just need to learn to limit ourselves as best that we can to put ourselves in the best position.”
More tweaks will be made to the Hawk’s power play, however the first goal of the night was executed perfectly, according to Parfett. That was scored more than half way through the first period by Gorda, assisted by Tyson Davey and Matthew Bennett.
“We still have some work to do but I’m happy with the direction that we’re going on the power play and it will be more effect for us as we get to practice it more,” the coach said.
The Hawks played against the Leduc Riggers on the road on Wednesday evening, however that game concluded after The Record’s publication deadline.
They’ll next play the Strathcona Bruins at home on Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at the JRC. The last time the two teams matched up in mid November, the Bruins skated away with the 4-3 win.
Thomas noted it’s going to take a mix of sticking to Hawks hockey, energy, and keeping positive on the bench.
“We just need to come out, play physical and get them off their game. It’s all about five on five. They’re a slower team so we can definitely outplay them. We just need to stay out of the box,” Thomas said.
Hawks captain leaving the nest
After three seasons with the Hawks, captain Ryan Thomas will leave the team in the New Year in persuit of employment opportunity. He thanks his ice family for making him a better player and person and giving him the chance to wear the ‘C’ this year. (file photo)
Fort Saskatchewan Hawks captain Ryan Thomas will be hanging up his #25 red and black jersey in the New Year as he heads to heads south to Olds for a two-year job opportunity.
“It’s a good opportunity so unfortunately, I have to take it,” Thomas told The Record after the Hawks home game on Dec. 9.
He’ll continue to lace up for the Hawks this weekend against the Strathcona Bruins at home on Dec. 16 and the Morinville Jets in away play on Dec. 18, but after that time it’s all up in the air as to when he can come to the Fort.
“I’ll try to make as many games as I can but I won’t know my schedule until after Christmas so it’s tough,” he said.
The captain claimed three goals and six assists and lead the Hawks to 14 victories so far for 2016-2017 game play (not including results of Dec. 14). Since 2013, he helped the team win and take 61 game points during 170 games, tapping in 33 goals and assisting on 28 shots.
His favourite memory as a Hawk was, of course, the journey to winning the league championship in 2014 — a first in the team’s 41-year history; “Our game seven game series against the Red Wings; winning in overtime and seeing all our fans up against the glass cheering us on.”
He’ll also cherished the quite moments when it’s just the team and the ice, seeing the guys every August during training camp and renewing that bond.
“The Hawks are a family. They are a huge support. Everyday I’m excited to come to the rink and play with the guys I have know for so long. They are my motivation to go until that whistle blows. Knowing that they would have your back no matter what makes this team a family,” Thomas noted.
Losing the captain half way through the 2016-17 regular season is a hard blow, said Hawks forward Gage Gorda.
“It’s tough. He’s our heart and soul. He’s consistent and he works hard. He’s a good guy on the team and he’s our captain,” Gorda said,
“There’s going to be a void to fill but the coaches talked about having everyone play their roles because Ryan is a role guy who plays his position, so if we can get some guys to buy into that then hopefully we can try to fill that gap,” Gorda said.
While the bench is lined with skilled and passionate leaders, Thomas would like to see his successor be veteran and friend Josh Sinatynski.
“There’s a lot of leaders but one who stands out is Sinatynski. He’s a big guy on the bench and in the room he’s really vocal to get the guys going, and you always see him going hard on the ice,” Thomas said.
Hawks win close game against Icemen
Published: Friday, 09 December 2016 23:35
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Seven goal third period in Hawks win
Published: Monday, 28 November 2016 10:18
- Written by Matt Pohl
The Hawks visit the first place Beaumont Chiefs on Friday, December 2.
Hawks forming rivalry with Chiefs
The Hawks dominated the Stony Plain Flyers 5-1 on Nov. 25 at home. Noah Kieser (pictured) had three assists. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
After two loses the previous weekend, the Hawks bounced back in winning fashion to collect four big points after sweeping both Stony Plain and Sherwood Park at home.
Points were put up by Jack Snider, Matthew Bennett, Gage Gorda and two goals were attributed to Justin Ferris during Friday’s 5-1 win against the Stony Plain Flyers on Friday at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. The Hawks quickly turned the game around after some power play trouble and being out shot in the first period — the they didn’t look back after that.
“The guys were ready to go tonight. All the guys came to the rink ready to play and we stayed positive throughout the whole game,” captain Ryan Thomas said after the Nov. 25 victory, “Everyone’s working really well together.”
Netminder Micah Bonneville made some major saves during initial power play kills and allowed the team to reestablish the pace of the game with five on five play.
“If we can stay out of the penalty box, we can compete with any team in this league. We’ve seen that throughout the season, we just haven’t put a consistent effort together but I think the confidence of staying out of the box really turned the game around tonight,” head coach John Parfett said on Nov. 25.
With three assists Noah Kieser is quickly getting the reputation of the ‘set-up guy.’
“Gorda was having a bit of trouble in the beginning of the year but with Kieser, he’s able to get out into the open areas and have someone to skate with him the whole way so that’s nice for him,” Thomas said about the duos’ speed.
Kieser also set up Ferris; “There was a good play by Darren (Tardiff) trying to keep it in even though it got stuck in his feet going along the wall for a bit, but he was able to get it down low to Kieser, who faked he was going behind the net and dished it out front and I got lucky,” Ferris recalled the goal.
The team’s top scorer added it’s nice to change lines up to reignite wins. Playing with Kieser and Tardiff is a big change in comparison to the start of the season when Ferris was paired with Tyson Davey, which resulted in great offensive chemistry.
“It’s nice to win at home again. Sometimes it’s nice to mix things up, especially when we’re not winning game like we have in the past few weeks, but definitely moving forward it’s nice to shake things up but other times it’s nice to stay with guys when things are clicking,” Ferris said.
Gorda noted not too many teams in the league have two top scoring lines so if they’re able to developed well before playoffs, the Hawks will be threat for the championships.
“We’re being a big modest but I think we’d be selling ourselves short if we didn’t think we could win the ring this year. So once we come back in the second half, that’s what we can do,” Gorda said.
Sherwood Park’s short bench put up a valiant effort on Sunday evening, pushing a 4-4 tie with less than four minutes remaining in the third period, but Gorda quickly extinguished their hopes with two quick goals to round out the 6-4 Hawks win.
The Hawks take to the highway this Friday for an away game against the Beaumont Chiefs. The Fort have been 0-2 against Beaumont so far this season and Beaumont is currently ranked second in the Capital Junior Hockey League. The captain hopes the bench’s energy will remain high in order to beat the Chief’s goalie and put pucks on net.
“If we come out firing, then we’ll be successful. They have their top line which they like to play every second shift, so if we key in on them and shut them down, then we’ll be fine,” Ferris said.
Racking up points in the next few games to make it easier on the Hawks after the Christmas break and will give them that momentum as teams press on the gas heading into playoffs, said Thomas. Staying injury-free and not pondering on the past will also be key for the Fort.
“As long as we dedicate ourselves and play for each other, we’ll can only go up for here. Whatever happened in the first half of the season, that’s just the way it goes. As long as we stay healthy, strong, and progress — and we take all that into playoffs — we’ll be fine,” Gorda forecasted.
Hawks crush Flyers
Published: Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:05
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks count back to back losses
Despite outshooting the Beverly Warriors 36 to 27 at their Nov. 18 game, they were not able to secure victory and ended up losing 5-3. They face the Stony Plain Flyers at home on Friday, Nov. 25. (Omar Mosleh/Record Staff)
Following two recent losses to the Strathcona Bruins and Beverly Warriors on Nov. 13 and 18 respectively, Hawks head coach John Parfett said they need to focus on penalties, disciplined shots and boosting their speed and defensive zone.
On Nov. 18, Justin Ferris got the game off to a good start with a power play goal about five minutes into the first.
“I think we caught them a little bit off guard,” Parfett said. “They weren’t really moving that well at the start of the period and we were forcing their defence pretty hard for the first half of the period.”
But they were not able to maintain that momentum, even after taking advantage of a stack of penalties the Warriors picked up in the second.
“They’re very quick on the puck and started forcing us a little harder on our end. We got on our heels a bit and got away from doing what made us successful up to that first half of the first period … We were turning it over and they were taking advantage of that.”
Warriors #88 Justin Haukenfrers emerged as a force to be reckoned with, scoring four out of five of the Warriors’ goals. Parfett said they noticed he had a strong shot in warmups but were not able to hold him back effectively.
“He’s a guy who you have to take the stick away from and we didn’t do a very good job of that,” he said.
The return of forward Gage Gorda helped the team create turnovers, but Parfett said he still had to adjust to the level of play after missing several games.
On the positive side, the coaches have been emphasizing reducing penalties and the team seems to have been doing a good job of that, racking up seven infractions against the Warriors compared to 17 in their Nov. 13 match against Strathcona.
“We couldn’t think of anything that was a bad, undisciplined penalty … it wasn’t a very chippy game either way but for the most part we were happy we weren’t taking the kinds of penalties we were in the last few games,” Parfett said.
They’ve also been focused on taking more disciplined shots and making better offensive decisions.
Parfett said the team needs to be faster on the ice to compete with teams like the Warriors.
“If we watch how they played the game they didn’t really do anything fancy … they get pucks in deep and pressure teams hard. That’s something we started off doing in the beginning of the year and we got away from that.”
The Hawks next face the Stony Plain Flyers on Nov. 25 and the Sherwood Park Knights on Nov. 27, both at home.
The Hawks have already beaten both teams once this season, but Parfett says that’s no reason to get complacent.
“If they’re going to beat us, they’re going to beat us because they’re going to outwork us. So we just need to make sure we focus on our game … and use our speed and aggression to create chances.”
The Hawks and Flyers face off on Nov. 25 at Jubilee Recreation Centre at 8 p.m.
Hawks lose close one to Warriors
Published: Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:19
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks set to wrangle warriors
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks defeated the Wetaskiwin Icemen on Nov. 11 with a 5-3 win, despite lacking one of their key players. They’ll need everything they’ve got against the Beverly Warriors. (Omar Mosleh/Record Staff)
Facing the Warriors on Nov. 18 here at home, the Hawks will have a more difficult challenge ahead due to the temporary loss of Tyson Davey and Matthew Bennett, who won’t be able to make the game due personal commitments. Parfett hopes star player Gage Gorda will return from an injury to help fill in the blanks.
“We haven’t played them yet, but from what I understand they’re a small, quick and skilled team,” Parfett said. “So we’re going to have to be at our best, playing at a higher tempo.”
The Hawks currently sit at third in the east division with 11 wins and five losses. Most recently, the Hawks saw a solid win against the Wetaskiwin Icemen on Nov. 11, persevering with a 5-3 win.
Parfett noted the team was keeping a close eye on Wetaskiwin as they made it to the league finals last year.
“We came in wanting to play on our toes more and set the pace of the game,” Parfett said. “Wetaskiwin tends to play a pretty aggressive style of hockey.”
To keep the Icemen on their toes, the Hawks responded in kind, playing an aggressive game and not shying away from physical play. That led to a chippy first period, with the Hawks racking up five penalties, with two interferences and three game misconducts.
“I think what hurt the game is when things escalated when Josh Sinatynski was hit,” Parfett said.
That led to fights at the end of the first, which took away some flow from the game and the Hawks momentum. But it ultimately hurt the Icemen more because they had a shorter bench, Parfett said.
With a 2-1 score going into the third, the Hawks fought hard and scored four goals to take it away.
Noah Kieser emerged as a leader amidst Gorda’s absence, scoring two goals in the third period.
“Noah had a great game, he’s been kind of leading the way due to some of our injuries … He can set the pace for us, and he’s been able to do that the last few games,” Parfett said. He added that Jesse Morrison also helped the team achieve victory with two strong goals.
On Nov. 13, the Hawks let their confidence get to them and ended up losing to the Strathcona Bruins 4-3.
“Our team wasn’t prepared to play, I think they took Strathcona lightly coming into the rink … I think they just didn’t prepare themselves to play and took Strathcona for granted,” Parfett said.
He said the Bruins have solid goaltending but are lower in the standings because of a lack of strong goal scorers.
The second period saw the Hawks bounce back with goals by Cory Mak and Matthew Bennett, but they also received a long list of penalties.
“In the second we came out more focused and were able to tie the game. But undisciplined play led to penalties at the end of that second period,” Parfett said. “All of that momentum we had gained we gave away. Strathcona came back in the third and played hard again.”
The coaches have been strongly emphasizing the need for more discipline as they prepare for their match against the Warriors.
They face off at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
Hawks force shootout against Red Wings
Veteran forward Josh Sinatynski had two goals and an assist against the Edmonton Red Wings at their Nov. 4 game, however the team lost in a shootout that ended in a 5-4 win for Edmonton.
After forcing nine shoot outs chances against the Edmonton Red Wings, the Hawks just couldn’t claw back the win on Friday night and walked away with one point in their 5-4 lost.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Noyen Construction Hawks had a strong start in the first two periods of the game with goals from Tanner Melynk, Justin Ferris, and a pair of beauts from Josh Sinatynski, but penalties plagued the Hawks again as the Red Wings scored two of their four goals on power plays.
“Our first 40 minutes was unreal. We were all over them in five on five. We dominated them and pressured them hard. They couldn’t really do anything and were turning it over a lot but it was hard to keep that going in the third,” Hawks captain Ryan Thomas said, who also had a pair of assists in Friday’s game.
“If we could have stayed out of the box in the third, we definitely could have taken this game. At the end we started stumbling on our feet a little bit and started to take tired penalties,” he added.
With two goals and an assist, Sinatynski and his line mates were on fire, knowing they were fighting one of their top rivals; “For the past two years these guys knocked us out of playoffs so everyone was ready when they came to rink and we were all pumped up ready to go and were positive on the bench.”
While the team’s focus collapsed in the third, Sinatynski said everyone played their roles for most of the game but finding the win in overtime and then a shoot out scenario can be tough.
“It’s mostly about do or die. When you get into overtime or shoot outs, anything can happen, which it did because we had nine shooters,” he said.
Kieser was responsible for shutting down one of the league’s top scorers, Red Wing’s Mikey Mantello, which Thomas gave him high praise for.
“Going into the game, the guys told me he was very dangerous, especially when he gets in the puck in the offensive zone because it doesn’t take him very long to get anything off,” Kieser recalled,
“I was just staying right on him, not giving him any space to get the puck moving. I heard a lot of guys were trying to chirp at him and get in his head and it didn’t work so I gave him the silent treatment, I tried to stay close to him, and got in his head a little bit that way.”
It could have been much worse for the Hawks in the third but goaltender Micah Bonneville kept the team in the game. He fought off 37 shots up to the end of OT, in addition to seven of nine shoot out attempts.
“It was unreal how many shooters he faced tonight,” Thomas noted.
Kieser slotted in the lone shoot out goal for the Hawks, but it wasn’t enough.
“It felt good but it would have felt a lot better with a win because it’s just another goal for nothing basically,” Kieser said.
Head coach John Parfett commended the team for playing on their toes and not on their heels for the first two periods and highlighting contributions by Melynk, Sinatynski and Bonneville, and named Kieser the top player of the game because of his success in taking care of the treat of Mantello.
“We were dominating the Red Wings and didn’t give life up to the end of the second period when they had the five on three power play. Their power play got them back into the game,” Parfett said.
“Tanner Melynk keeps getting strong and keeps improving with every game. Josh Sinatynski is working hard player and he’s been that kind of player ever since I’ve had the opportunity to coach him. He comes to play and he works hard and it’s nice to see him being rewarded.”
The Hawks faced the Edmonton Royals at Confederation on Sunday evening. The Hawks bounced back and took a 6-4 win against the Royals.
The Junior B team’s next battle will be against the Wetaskiwin Icemen at home at the JRC on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. The Icemen took a 4-2 win over the Hawks in early October when the two teams met for the first time this season. In order to get a win, the Hawks will focus on the basics and try to get their penalties under control. Thomas would also like to see players communicate more on the ice and make sure everyone knows their roles and where they need to be to set up the plays.
“If we stay five on five, we should be fine and just put pucks on the net,” Thomas said.
Hawks lose to Red Wings in intense shootout
Published: Saturday, 05 November 2016 12:05
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Merchants soar over Hawks
By Lindsay Morey, Fort Saskatchewan Record
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks fell 6-2 to the St. Albert Merchants at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Oct. 28. The Merchants capitalized on their power play chances, netting four of their six goals on the PP.
The Hawks need to clean up their act if they want to be seen as a threat in the CJHL.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks fell 6-2 to the St. Albert Merchants at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Oct. 28. The Merchants capitalized on their power play chances, netting four of their six goals on the PP.
“They just had a quick power play and they move the puck really well so it was hard to set up anything,” Hawks captain Ryan Thomas said, adding the team was missing Gage Gorda and Alex Nisbet due to injury, “We’re a bit low on guys so it’s hard to play a full 60 minutes and then turn it around on that. We were getting so many penalties and were getting tired and it just went down hill from there.”
He noted they couldn’t beat St. Albert’s goalie, he was in the right spots at the right times. There were also too many break downs in the Hawks end of the rink, which wasn’t helped when they had to fight off nine two-minute penalties in the second period. In a rare event, the Hawks pulled starting goalie Micah Bonneville after the fifth goal and switched in Karter Anderson in the second, a period which saw a total of four goals slotted in by the Merchants.
“Micah was having a good game but we kind of left him out to dry,” noted the captain, “It was the whole team’s effort, not just our defense. We had a shut down in the second, when we should have come out harder once we were scored on. The biggest thing is to get our mind set changed, to get the guys to wake up a bit.”
That snooze alarm finally went off for the Fort late in the third period, with two goals from Tyson Davey (assisted by Justin Ferris and Dylan Dorval) and Ferris (aided by Tyler Dorval and Davey) — but it was a little too late.
“It’s really about making the smart plays earlier in the game. We made a lot of sloppy plays, we tried to play fancy a little bit and we just couldn’t clean it up — and we need to change that. They had four power play goals tonight and if they hadn’t, that would have been a 2-2 game,” Ferris said, “We tired to us our speed but we just couldn’t get around them but we had a good third period and kind of turned it around. We out shot them in the third and dominated them but you need to play a full 60 to win a game.”
The power play trouble was like déjà vu of the game against Beaumont last week, noted Hawks head coach John Parfett. He wanted to see the team be more aggressive on their PK and stay in their lanes and challenge the opposition; “When we got on our heels in this game it just spiralled into penalties. We’ll try to focus on that going forward but there are not many positives that you can take out of the game other than the way that they responded in the third, which I thought was good.”
Bench motivation and awareness is something Thomas will work to improve in coming games; “The biggest thing is being loud on the bench. If something big happens on the ice, we can’t just be there watching. It’s good to be loud, be vocal, and get the guys focused on the game even if they haven’t had a shift for a while.”
That focus seems to have returned during Tuesday night’s game as the team took a 5-4 win over the Sherwood Park Knights. Noah Kieser saw a hat trick and Mason Younger and Ferris also contributed to the score sheet. The team was leading 5-1 in the second but the Knights rallied back in the third to make it a nail bitter.
The captain will expect his bench to stay out of the sin bin in order to be successful against the visiting Edmonton Red Wings on Friday.
“We just have to stay disciplined. We can play five on five with almost any time in the league,” Thomas said, “If we can stay out of the box and play to our strengths, we should be good. We’ll just play Hawks hockey, that’s it.”
Parfett agreed; “It’s going to be a huge test. We can’t take penalties. They’re a well-coached team and they’ll have set plays, which they will execute very well... We also have to get back to play our game, they way we did in the third period against St. Albert then I think we’d have a good chance at winning. We’ll have to be up for it and be smart.”
Puck drop against the Red Wings on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at the JRC. The Hawks will also play against the Edmonton Royals on Sunday night at Confederation Arena.
Hawks fall to Merchants
Published: Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:49
- Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks down Jets with 4-2 win
Ranked one of the top four goalies currently in the CJHL, Micah Bonneville has a 2.62 goal against average with a save percentage of 0.90. (Omar Mosleh/Record Staff)
“It’s great to be on a roll. The guys have been putting the work in to get us in a good position in the standings,” Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks captain Ryan Thomas said. “Every win matters when we get closer to the end of the year.”
Goals were seen from Daryl Stranger (assisted by Tyler Dorval and Dylan Dorval), Thomas (assisted by Jesse Morrison and Matthew Bennett), Dylan Dorval (assisted by Mason Younger and Tyler Dorval), and Jack Snider clinched the win on an empty net in the third.
“We had contributions from everyone on the roster and that’s added up over the games to help us be successful,” said forward Gage Gorda.
Friday’s win was a combination of three factors, according to Hawks coach John Parfett: strong goaltending, developing defense, and offensive depth. Ranked one of the top four goalies currently in the CJHL, Micah Bonneville has a 2.62 goal against average with a save percentage of 0.90.
“Micah has been continuously strong for us this year. He’s having a great season. Whenever we’ve had difficulty with our top line putting the puck in the net, he’s kept us in some games long enough to start scoring,” Parfett said. “If you can have less than three goals a game, that’s doing very well.”
Defenseman Tanner Melnyk is also coming into his own and getting more ice time and Mason Younger has been the Hawks’ go-to D. Brandon Clark, who has had a solid season so far as a defenseman was missing from Friday’s bench due to a shoulder injury and Cole McIssac was just finding his feet again after coming back from a few games missed due to injury.
“It just emphasizes the need to have depth in defense because if you go through injuries and suspensions, you find yourself short. We’ve definitely experienced that the past few playoff years but we’re seeing that now at the beginning of the year so overall our overall defense has been really good and they limited Morinville’s chances,” Parfett explained.
Seeing top scorers such as Tyson Davey and Justin Ferris denied on the scoresheet against the Jets, Stranger and Dylan Dorval became one of the team’s strongest lines and were key scoring supports.
“We really liked what we saw with the Dorval-Stranger line. It’s the first time we’ve had them together for a full game. They provide a lot of energy and they’re the kind of line who can go out there and set the pace for a game. They’re hard on the fore check, they’re quick and they do get the puck on the net. In a five-on-five, they’re a pretty solid line for us,” Parfett said.
Gorda said Dorval has come a long way since last year and he adds further depth to their already heavy front which most teams aren’t lucky enough to have.
“Dorval is a great kid. It’s nice seeing him get more comfortable as we go. It makes you happy to see good things happen to good people,” Gorda said.
Davey was not able to generate goals because the Jet’s defense threw off his game by limiting his time and space with checks, according to the coach, however Gorda noted that offered the opportunity for other players to step up.
“It’s great to see other guys contribute. Sometimes the other lines don’t get on the score sheet as often so to win without the normal scorers makes them feel good. It also makes our job easier. It takes a bit of pressure off knowing you have a team so deep with talent and that games can be won without the top line,” he noted.
Thomas is encouraged from what he’s seen from his line mates.
“For my goal, both Bennett and Morrison had a good forecheck making the defence fumble the puck and Jesse gave me a good pass in the slot. Both are hard working players and are fitting in very well with the guys,” the captain recalled. “The team has really come together as brothers.”
Injuries, sickness, and overall ‘very sloppy’ plays and penalties plagued the Hawks on Tuesday night’s away game against Beaumont. The Fort fell 5-2. Gorda, Clarke, Cole McIssac were missing, out on injury, Vermillion played with an injured hand, and Davey and Tardif played sick.
“We will be addressing the penalties at practice and focusing on making better decisions with the puck as we prepare for St. Albert on Friday,” Parfett said.
The Junior B team will get a real feel of where they rank in the CJHL as they’ll next face some of the top ranking teams in the league: St. Albert, Sherwood Park, North Edmonton Red Wings, and Edmonton Royals. At home this weekend, the Hawks will see the Merchants in the Jubilee Recreation Centre. This is the first time since exhibition the two teams have seen each other.
“They had good goaltending and a couple of threats up front. They’re a quick, hard working team.. but the last game we played against them, we out worked them,” Parfett said about St. Albert.
“They’re at the top of the other division with the Red Wings so I expect that we’ll have to play a very good game in order to beat them. I do think they’re a team we can play with but we have to be ready to match their aggression and speed and be able to solve their goaltending,” Parfett said.
The puck drops against St. Albert on Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at the JRC
Fort Sask Hawks victorious over Jets
Published: Saturday, 22 October 2016 00:41
- Written by Jasmine Graf
The Fort Sask Junior B Hawks took home a 4-2 win against the Morinville Jets on Friday night (October 21) at the JRC.
"There's an obvious rivalry with Morinville and the Fort. There's emotions involved in the game and I think we came out a little tentative," stated head coach John Parfett.
"As the game went on we worked a little harder, a little smarter, and we were fortunate to get the win."
Goals were scored by Hawks' Darrel Stranger, Ryan Thomas, Dylan Dorval, and Jack Snider.
Micah Bonneville was in net, making 24 saves on 26 shots.
Parfett noted that the entire defensive line played a strong role in the Hawks' win. He gave extra recognition to Mason Younger, Tanner Melnyk, Zac Wilson, and Snider for their efforts, as well as Alex Nisbet, who played with a broken nose.
The Hawks are currently sitting at 8-2-1 on the season, chasing the Beaumont Chiefs and the Spruce Grove Royals in the standings.
Their next game will be away on Tuesday night, 8:30 p.m., against the Chiefs.
Hawks gearing up for physical battle with Morinville
- Written by Matt Pohl
Hawks send Riggers packing
The Hawks took a 7-1 win over Leduc on Oct. 18. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
An absolute lashing was doled out during the Junior B Hawks’ home game this week, and thankfully the Fort was not on the receiving end.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks dominated over the Leduc Riggers with a 7-1 win at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Forward Tyson Davey was the star of the night, slotting in four goals with various assists from Mason Younger, Justin Ferris, and Matthew Bennett.
A player of action, rather than words, Davey was humble following the team’s post-game celebration announcing him as MVP.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my line mates. The guys set me up pretty well out there,” Davey said.
“We all have speed, we all have good hands and can shoot. Everything seems to be going right,” he said, adding new line mate Bennett is improving with every game.
Forward Gage Gorda noted Davey’s setting himself up as a player to watch this season; “He’s looking good. He’s a skilled player. After he’s getting comfortable in the league, he’s something special for sure and that’s great to see. You’re just happy for teammates when they’re doing well.”
Josh Sinatynski started the scoring free-fall for the flock (assisted by Gorda). That was followed by a goal claimed by Noah Kieser (assisted by Jack Snider) and captain Ryan Thomas (assisted by Neil Vermillion).
“First period was huge, we had to keep it going in the second,” Davey noted.
The Hawks’ Twitter account was giving a good ribbing to the Riggers as well; “Hawks goal! (Thomas) is left all alone in front, grabs a coffee, checks email, (and) buries the puck.”
Joining the Fort’s nest after transferring from Junior A, centreman Kieser found his first Hawks goal on Tuesday. He’s been placed on another developing top offensive line along side with Gorda and Sinatynski. The trio’s speed and talent will deepen the Hawk’s offense this season.
“It felt good. I wanted to get one in my first game (last weekend) but finally got it today,” Kieser said of his first Fort goal, following the home game.
Even though he’s already friends with Keiser since they both hail from Sherwood Park, Gorda said they’ve never played together so they’re still making adjustments and getting comfortable on the ice.
“Sometimes I’m peeling away with the puck and I look back and he’s already caught up... I’m not used to working with a guy that fast,” Gorda commented.
“Speed is good in this league, especially against Leduc’s D, who are not the fastest, speed can kill.”
Feeling protective over his new squad, Keiser was kicked out of the game following a fight in the third. He also received a one game suspension; “Number 13 (Donoven Quintin) was going at a lot of guys’ heads the whole game and he was being a bit cheap. We were all trying to get at him and I finally had the chance to and I just thought I had to do it.”
The win marks the fourth consecutive win for the Hawks and they’re not looking to ease off on the pedal anytime soon.
“We gotta keep the streak going,” Davey said.
Gorda noted the team can’t get cocky and must be present on the bench and ice every game in order to continue their winning momentum.
“Our team has enough tools in the shed to put teams away if we come and show up, but that being said, we do have to show up every single game and hopefully we’ve learned that lesson early,” he said.
The Hawks are at home again this weekend on Friday, Oct. 21 against the Morinville Jets. Gorda predicts a physical game.
“We’ll just have to hit them, stay with them, and use our speed. Many teams can either hit or be quick, but they usually don’t have both, so we like to hit, bump and grind, and show our speed,” Gorda said.
The puck will drop at the JRC at 8 p.m. on Friday. The team then hits the road on Oct. 25 to face the Beaumont Chiefs.
CJHL: Hawks pummel Riggers
Published: Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:04
- Written by Matt Pohl
"Gotta give a lot of credit to my linemates, we all got speed, hands and can shoot and everything went the right way," Davey said.
Hawks triumph over Regals & Mustangs
Hawks forward Gage Gorda continued to be a go-to offenseman as he netted a goal against the Spruce Grove Regals at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Oct. 7. (file photo)
The Junior B Hawks had two more reasons to be thankful as they found themselves back in the win column twice in back to back games.
Getting back to their style and level of play, the Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks captured a 5-1 win over the Spruce Grove Regals at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Friday, Oct. 7 and followed that up with a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Mustangs in an away game on Sunday, Oct. 9.
“We were being a little bit more aggressive and playing a little bit more physically. We had to be playing to our strengths, use our speed, and make sure we’re putting pressure on the other team’s defense. Those are all things we’re focusing on,” Hawks head coach John Parfett said.
He noted the Regals capitalized only once on a turn over by their blue line in the third period, but for the most part, the Hawks worked harder, maintained their lead, and limited Spruce Grove’s scoring chances.
Josh Sinatynski was the star of the night with two goals to his name (one of which was on a short handed breakaway), Gage Gorda had a goal to his name, a power play goal was claimed by Justin Ferris, and Tyson Davey finished the Regals off with another short handed goal.
Hawks captain Ryan Thomas said the whole team showed up to the rink ready to play on Friday. He saw the bench capitalizing in their opportunities while shutting down the Regals’ defence.
“Everyone was focused on strengths and we kept the pace of the game high and the momentum in our favour. We forced the other team to try to play at our level rather than us dropping down to their level,” Thomas commented.
Kicking off Sunday’s game, rookie Matthew Bennett found his first goal as a Hawk and further impressed fans with a hat trick by the end of the second period. Looking to create a well-balanced and deeper offense, Parfett split up the Tyson Davey-Gorda-Ferris line up and injected Bennett to the Davey and Ferris.
“He just clicked with them too,” Parfett noted.
Highlighting his speed and fast hands, Thomas said Bennett is fitting nicely into the Fort’s nest. Seeing him mentored by the very skilled and talented forwards Davey and Ferris, Thomas forecasts adding Bennett to their line up will generate even more chances on net.
“It took him a few games to gain some confidence but you can see the potential he has to be a leader in his league,” Thomas said.
Dylan Dorval also contributed a goal and Davey claimed a pair against Edmonton. Thomas added starting goalie Micah Bonneville was strong between the pipes in both games over the weekend.
Parfett noted the team got away from the basics against the Mustangs early in the game and slacked off once Edmonton took an early goal but they rallied back and dumped more shots on net and found the win.
“The Mustangs had us for the first period, scoring three goals on us so we had a discussion during the first and second period and got the team playing back to playing our kind of Hawks hockey,” he recalled.
The Hawks will hit the road to visit Glenn Hall this Friday, Oct. 14 as they face off against the Stony Plain Flyers. The Flyers had two top scoring forwards age out of the league last year but they will be strong defensively with both of the goaltenders boosting good goals-against averages, so having not played the Flyers yet this season, Parfett is not sure what Stony Plain will have in store.
“We’re expected them to be a tough team to play and probably a more balanced team,” Parfett noted, “We’re going to just build off on what we did this weekend and keep trying to play solid and aggressive hockey.”
Their next home game will them against the Leduc Riggers at the JRC on Tuesday, Oct.18.
Hawks dominate Regals
Written by Jasmine Graf
"We want to get to where we're dictating the pace of the game and I think for the most part we did that," stated head coach John Parfett.
Parfett noted forward Darrel Stranger had a big game, being moved to play centre for the first time. On defence he credited Mason Younger and Brandon Clark.
Micah Bonneville was in net, finishing with 35 saves on 36 shots.
The Hawks are now sitting at 4-2-0-1 for the season.
Their next game is against the Edmonton Mustangs, 8:00 p.m. at Bill Hunter Arena.
Hawks suffer back to back losses
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Noyen Construction Hawks were thumped 6-2 by the Edmonton Royals at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Sept. 30. The Hawks will see the Spruce Grove Regals at home at the JRC this Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
A Royal and rude awakening.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Noyen Construction Hawks were thumped 6-2 by the Edmonton Royals at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Sept. 30.
The snooze button was pressed as Fort Saskatchewan let Edmonton get an early 3-0 lead in the first. The team did claw back two goals, potted in by Gage Gorda (assisted by Justin Ferris and Tyson Davey) and Josh Sinatynski (assisted by Dylan Dorval and Mason Younger), but the damage was already done.
“Everyone was kind of all over the place,” Hawks captain Ryan Thomas said following the loss.
“We didn’t really come out ready to play. We need to be able to play a full 60 minutes. They’re a good, hard working team and they can put pucks in the net. We need to stay on their top scorers and try to shut them down as best as we can,” he added.
At times, goalie Micah Bonneville was left to his own defenses, as the Hawks’ D scrambled after the puck. Thomas agreed defense was not playing their roles and players were not focused and he would like to see his bench to be more aware of their fellow linesmen on the ice.
“We definitely hung (Bonneville) out a few times to dry and we need to bare down and stop running around in our own end. That happened a lot. We were misplacing guys and then the Royals would sneak in and take the back door. So it’s hard to catch someone when they’re in behind us,” Thomas explained.
Defenseman Brandon Clark expects the team to strengthen penalty kill systems and break outs during practices but this early into the season, it’s just about learning how each other plays.
It wasn’t that the Fort was not generating pucks on net during the Oct. 1 game. Hawks finished with 38 shots on net, versus Edmonton’s 34.
Thomas said the team just were not seeing the right bounces and offense were getting too fancy, making an abundance of passes before making a play.
Top offenseman Gorda said the Hawks gave the Royals too much respect and gave Edmonton the space to do their thing, forcing the Hawks to play on their heels.
Even with the Royal’s top scorers Mik Mykietyshyn and Chad Coulombe aging out of the league last year, Gorda said those offensive roles have already been filled with Chad McCann and Brendan Klutke.
“Today obviously we didn’t bring our best. Our team motto is about being a team that’s hard to play against, and for at least three quarters of that game, we were not hard to play against,” Gorda said,
“We started off slow and it’s hard to battle back... when you get down like that against a good team like that, you’re only digging yourself a hole... and sometimes it’s too deep to climb out of or it’s too late to climb out of.”
He recalled wanting to protect some pride when Edmonton led 5-0.
“We just tried to keep everyone positive, get everyone on the same page, get some momentum going. Shift by shift, you gotta get it deep, it’s about the little things, right? And hopefully you’ll get some puck luck,” Gorda noted.
The Hawks endured another loss on the road on Sunday as played the Icemen with 4-2 in Wetaskiwin’s favour. The defeat marks a three game losing streak for the Fort.
The Hawks will see the Spruce Grove Regals at home at the JRC this Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.
“We had some unlucky bounces at the start and then we got behind the eight ball. We tried to make some simple plays but got into some penalty trouble. There was some frustration on the bench but we tried to put it back together but it was a little too late,” Clark said.
“We just have to keep laying in on the bodies and make them pay for having the puck.”
Fort Sask Hawks fall to Royals
Written by Jasmine Graf
Hawks prepare for Edmonton rivals
Flanked by Fort Saskatchewan Hawks forwards (back left) Justin Ferris and Gage Gorda (right), Tyson Davey pushes past a Beaumont Chief to take yet another shot on net their home game on Sept. 25 at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. The three generated all of the goals and assists on Sunday. The Chiefs took a 4-3 win following a do-or-die shoot out. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
Sometimes it just comes down to puck luck.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks saw a split weekend after taking a win on the road but suffering a shoot out loss against Beaumont at home.
“We had chances and when you leave it up to a shoot out, that’s never the best way to decide a game — but that was our fate tonight,” head coach John Parfett said following Sunday’s 4-3 loss.
Generating shots on net was not the problem, with shots on net at 42-27, but there were multiple missed opportunities, such as the disallowed goal, or Ryan Thomas’ shot that hit the post, or Tyson Davey’s shot that ran out of steam right on the blue line behind the Chiefs’ goalie.
“We had a slow start on Friday so we tried to fix that today. Just looking at the shots, we almost doubled them. It wasn’t that we weren’t playing well, we just couldn’t get the bounces, but I felt like our energy was up, so that was good. Their goalie played well and we’ll give that to him,” assistant captain Gage Gorda said on Sunday.
Parfett noted the disallowed goal, which was null and void because the net was off, would have been a big turning point in the game because it would have made it 4-2 at the end of the second. However, he was content with how the Fort bench fought and set the pace for most of the game. Both Justin Ferris and Davey agreed the main lesson from the Sept. 25 game is not letting up in the third and to not run out of gas when it matters most.
“We have to be able to play a full 60 minutes. We came in and played a solid 40 minutes, but in the last 20 minutes we let them back into the game and we were on their heels a little bit. We just need to keep pushing and we’ll come out with the W,” Ferris said.
All of the goals and assists were created by an evolving power trio: Justin Ferris, Gage Gorda, and Davey. Ferris found flight early in the first with an assist from Gorda, the second goal was owned by Gorda (assisted by Davey and Ferris), and Davey took the third goal two minutes later in the second period (assisted by the pair).
Ferris and Davey found chemistry last season, especially during playoffs, however Gorda is a new addition to the line as he played with the now retired Morin twins. Parfett said he tried them all together on the same line half way through Friday’s game and was happy with what he saw and hopes to replicate that offensive threat on other lines.
“Tyson, Gage, and Justin’s line had opportunities all night. They were really on the puck and supporting each other really well. They created offense the whole game. They had chances but pucks just weren’t going in for them. Tyson even had the penalty shot in overtime and couldn’t put the puck in the net,” the coach said.
Building off his partnership with Ferris, Davey noted the three are similar players who like to command the puck and things just clicked this year with Gorda added to the mix. He hopes that chemistry will continue to develop as the season wears on. Ferris said Gorda has been a key player in the league for three years and Davey proved himself last year.
“It’s nice to play with those kinds of guys who have vision. It’s tough for teams to defend against our speed because when we come down on them, we’re three pretty quick guys with good visibility. We don’t play a very physical game but we do get the job done,” Ferris said.
Gorda also hopes the trio will remain unaltered; “It’s been nice. We’ve been doing good so far and hopefully we keep together and help out the boys as much as we can,” he said, “We all play similar games and we expect each other to be in certain spots and they are.”
The weekend was not a complete lost as they saw a 5-4 win on the road against Leduc on Sept. 23. After coming out flat in the first two periods, falling behind 4-2, the coaches gave the team a pep talk — reminding them of their reputation in the CJHL and how they’ve played in order to be successful; “We told them we’re not going to be a cute, three pass back door goal kind of team. We have to work hard, get pucks on the net, and use our speed and our size.”
They ended up coming back in the third We ended up coming away with the win. Following up on Brandon Clark’s goal in the first period and another by Tyler Dorval in the second, the Hawks rallied and took the win after goals from Ferris (assisted by Gorda and Mason Younger), Davey (on the power play with help from Ferris and Younger), and Cole McIssac (on the PP again, assisted by Snider and Ferris).
“In the third period, we regrouped and thought these guys are not just going to give it to us. Shift by shift, we pounded away and came away with the win. Especially with a division win, those points are important because those games are a lot harder to get later down the road,” Gorda noted.
Having half the team comprised of rookies this season, each newbie is showing their worth. Forward Darren Tardiff and defenseman Tanner Melnyk stood out in the Leduc and Beaumont games especially.
“Darren has a lot of speed. He’s a very quick player and he’s hard on the puck. He’s not the biggest guy on our team but he plays big,” Parfett said, “Tanner, for an underager, he’s 17 who would be playing midget this year, I thought he stayed fairly composed. He’s a good heads up defenseman. He’s not too flashy and he doesn’t get into trouble. He makes good decisions with the puck.”
Flexible playing either offense or defense, rookie Darrel Stranger is a double threat. The only other two players who can pull that off are Josh Spicer and Zac Wilson; “Stranger, we’re really happy with him. We can put him on D or we can put him on forward and it doesn’t hurt us in either position. He’s strong on the puck and on the boards and he makes smart plays. Defensively, he’s really strong as well, which is something we’re trying to focus on this year,” Parfett said.
Comfortable playing anything but in net, Stranger said he’s been able to blend nicely with whichever line he’s been placed on and he’s felt very welcomed to the cast.
“Everyone in that room I look up to. We’re all leaders. Even though we all don’t wear a ‘C’ or an ‘A’, we all look to each other and hold each other accountable,” Stranger said, “They don’t treat me like a rookie, we’re all teammates in this. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Encouraged by forward Jesse Morrison’s progression since training camp, Ferris said he’s been ‘wowed’ by the new recruit. With strong third and fourth lines as well as backing from rookie Karter Anderson in net, the veteran forecasts the team will be a force to be reckoned with again this season.
“The guys are here to play for the Hawks and love the passion for the game. They’re here to work hard and learn a lot this year so we have a good solid team,” Ferris said.
“Everyone seems to be filling in their spots; getting their feet wet and getting comfortable. They’re doing a great job in helping us out and filling their roles,” echoed Gorda.
The assistant captain expects this year’s defense to be strong with the injection of rookie defenseman Clark (acting as a cornerstone and the shut down man) with backing from returning players Younger and Jack Snider.
“We’re looking really strong back there. It’s also nice to have Micah Bonneville back this year and making the saves when he needs to. If a game goes into the seventh round of a shoot out, it’s not the goalie’s fault, we need to put one in for him and help him out a little bit,” Gorda said in reflection of Sunday’s shoot out loss.
This weekend the Junior B team will see the Edmonton Royals at home Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the Jubilee Recreation Centre. They’ll then hit the road to play Wetaskiwin on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Royal’s roster will absorb the shock of losing top scorers Mik Mykietyshyn and Chad Coulombe as they aged out at the end of the season last year, but as of The Record’s publication time, the Royals have two wins for the regular season. Parfett expects the Royals will be dangerous without those two key players but the Hawks will focus on their own game.
“We’ll just play our game, keep the intensity up and try to keep them on their heels,” Parfett projected.
Wetaskiwin also lost a huge offensive force on their team to age, Ryley Bennefield, and will be somewhat of a question mark because of that but Parfett will use the Hawks’ speed to overcome the Iceman’s typical physical game
Shootout loss keeps Hawks at top of division
Written by Ryan Connop
Hawks dominate Knights in season opener
- Published: Friday, 16 September 2016 23:46
- Written by Ryan Connop
With two short-handed goals against their rivals, the Hawks trampeled the Sherwood Park Knights, 5-1, at the Jubilee Recreation Centre on Friday night (September 16).
Head coach John Parfett enjoyed the win, but was also concerned with a lack of discipline in the second period.
"We got caught up in some of the distractions of the game and we were lucky to get two short-handed goals, but with the amount of power plays we gave up, it could have easily gone the other way."
During the second intermission Parfett was able to calm the boys down.
"I liked the way we responded in the third. We talked about discipline in the dressing room and I think the guys controlled themselves fairly well for the way that the game evolved. We're happy with what we saw out there, happy with the win, look forward to Sunday now."
Tyson Davey, who scored two goals, one short-handed, is a second year player for the Hawks. He's looking forward to the season.
"We got a little bit bigger this year, a little faster, a little bigger. We have a good squad, a bunch of new players but it should be a good year. We should have a chance at the championship."
The Hawks will play their second game of the season on Sunday in Edmonton, 3:30 p.m. against the Strathcona Bruins
Gorda's late goal lifts Hawks to preseason victory
- Published: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:52
- Written by Matt Pohl
Red Wings take 4-1 series over Hawks
Even with a comeback in the third period to the tie the game, the Fort Sask. Hawk ended their season falling 6-4 to the Red Wings in Game 5 on March 11. (Omar Mosleh/Record Staff)
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Noyen Construction Hawks are finished for another season after falling 6-4 in Game 5 against the North Edmonton Red Wings at the Londonderry Arena on March 11. With only one Fort win, the Red Wings nearly swept the semi-finals with four wins and will now play Wetaskiwin in the CJHL finals.
Bryce Nelson put the Hawks on the board on Friday night on a power play goal, which started off the game on a positive note said head coach John Parfett, but then the Red Wings quickly came back with 2-1 at the end of that period due to a lack of discipline and multiple penalties on the Hawks bench. Hawks fans buzzed as Joey Morin, Justin Ferris, and Lane Morin tied the game back up at 4-4 in the third but Edmonton pushed forward with another goal in the last two minutes and shut it down with an empty netter.
Joey Morin said the comeback in the third period was huge and shifted the momentum but it was a little too late. The team was also down to three defencemen in the final period.
“It just wasn’t enough. It was a big effort of desperation,” Joey said, “Two good teams faced off against each other and penalties were the only factor that separated us from moving on.”
“Throughout the playoffs, our team showed a lot of character and we played some good hockey. Saying that, I do believe we could have went farther but that’s how it goes,” Joey said.
Captain Tyler Wilson called the effort starting off the third ‘picture perfect.’
“I’m proud of the guys and the effort they showed all year and especially in the playoffs. The guys stepped up when needed and it was awesome to see,” Wilson said.
Nick Veenstra added knowing it could have been their last game, they came out in the third with more pep in their step and it felt great to claw back in the way they did.
“I was really proud of how the guys played. We had a good run this year,” he said.
“We battled hard in the third period to come back in that game to give us a chance to keep moving on in the series but unfortunately it was just too much to overcome,” Parfett said.
The coach took courage in the Hawks’ level of play against Sherwood Park and the Edmonton Royals in the two previous playoff series, noting the team was disciplined and didn’t rack up penalties like their opponents. But the Red Wings were a different beast. With a long standing rivalry, the teams had a ‘mutual dislike for each other.’
“To give them credit, the Red Wings are a very good team. They got us on our heels and that’s usually when penalties start happening. They were stick penalties and hooking happening after a play, penalties that a team takes when they’re getting pushed and that’s what they did to us. They dictated the level of play, they put us on our heels and into the penalty box,” he said, adding the Wings killed the Fort on their power plays and were arguably the best team in the regular season with only six loses.
With the loss on Friday night, comes another loss for the team. Captain Tyler Wilson and assistant captains Nick Veenstra and Joey and Lane Morin will all hang up their Hawks jerseys for the last time as they age out of the Capital Junior Hockey League this year. Parfett noted all will be incredibly missed and will not be easily replaced.
He noted Wilson was a real leader for the team as a captain, mentoring the rookies in plays and positive attitudes, was a go-to on face-offs, and was willing to do whatever it took to get the win.
“Tyler is a player who will die for you out on the ice,” Parfett said, recalling all of the captain’s various injuries over the season, “He’ll compete to that level. He wants to be on the ice.”
Looking back on his four-year Hawks career, Wilson said they were his best years of hockey, making a quarterfinal, two semi finals and one league championship. He noted as a rookie, he was fortunate enough to have great leadership to show him how to represent himself not only at the rink but in the community.
“I’ve made life-long friendships with every one of those guys who put on a Hawks sweater. I’m going to miss seeing the guys in the dressing room, the stories we all shared, and our time on the ice together,” Wilson reflected, adding he has received invitations from other teams showing interest and would like to eventually enter into coaching.
Veenstra said he wouldn’t have changed a thing about his time as a Hawk and he’ll most miss the intensity felt on the bench; waiting for the next play, the next shift.
“I still say, to this day, that I wouldn’t change how I went with my hockey career. I had so much fun with my best friends to be able to grow with them and share all the great memories we made,” he said.
“I made bonds with guys I know that I’ll have for the rest of my life. The Morin twins are my second family and they feel likewise about me,” Veenstra said, adding he’ll miss seeing all of the guys.
Parfett said the defenceman will be hard to replace as he’s ultra competitive, is one the league’s faster skaters, and has dual ability on offensive and defense.
“Nick is a true competitor. When it comes to playoffs, there’s no other player that you would want to have on your team than Nick Veenstra,” Parfett said.
“He comes to compete every night, he lays everything on the line, and he’ll do everything he can until that last buzzer goes to try to win a game.”
Joey Morin said the team’s brotherhood was ‘surreal’. He wanted to give thanks to all of the fans who showed them support throughout his sports career, adding the Fort is truly the best place to play hockey.
“Our team was the closest in the league — and I guarantee that. Nothing is better than playing four years of hockey with your brothers,” Joey said, “Playing Junior B was the best time of my life and I will cherish it forever. I don’t really know what the future lies for me.”
Lane Morin said the team put forward a phenomenal effort throughout playoffs and they battled through injuries but that’s what Hawks hockey is all about.
“What I’ll miss most is being with the team on and off the ice. They’re a great group of guys every year and the brotherhood and friendships that were formed will be everlasting,” Lane said.
Parfett said the Morins twins will be a challenge to replace.
“You can’t develop players like that. They have a talent and a uniqueness of playing with each other and it’s a threat,” Parfett said.
“Losing those two players will be a loss to hockey in Fort Saskatchewan.”
Parfett noted a big part of the team’s success throughout the season is attributed to how close they were on and off the ice, making them one of, if not the tightest teams in the league and they wanted to compete for each other.
“To see first class guys like Joey, Lane, Tyler, and Nick end their junior hockey careers and not be able to get what they wanted and finish the year with a win, that’s the hardest part of it,” the coach said.
Parfett also said Hawks fans were tremendous all season and their support was certainly evident on Friday.
“Thank-you to the fans. Your rowdy passion helped drive this team. (It’s) hard to tell we ever play an away game thanks to all of you,” the Hawks tweeted after Game 5.
Junior B Hawks End Series
Published: Saturday, 12 March 2016 12:45
- Written by Ashley Freimark
Friday night, the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks battled hard, but in the end came out with a loss 6-4 against the Edmonton Red Wings. This ends their series for the year.
Hawks On The Brink
Published: Wednesday, 09 March 2016 08:33
- Written by Matt Pohl
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks suffered their first loss at home all playoffs and are now on the brink of elimination.
The Junior B Hawks lost game four of their semi-final against the North Edmonton Red Wings 6-1 last night at the JRC.
Coach John Parfett notes "We came out slow and lost two defencemen to injury during the game." Parfett adds "The Hawks did a good job in the second and third periods coming back and competing." "I'm proud of the guys. After the first period we were down 3-0, we had a short bench. Different guys stepped up and helped us out on the back end. It took away from our chemistry on a couple lines, we had to mix lines up. Guys played through that in the second period and until the end of the third period. We actually had them (Red Wings) on shots, we had some quality scoring chances. It just wasn't our night."
The Red Wings had a 3-0 lead before Joey Morin scored the only goal for the Hawks on the power play in the second period.
The Red Wings lead the series 3-1 and can knock out the Hawks Friday night at 8PM at Londonderry Arena.
Hawks Win Wild Game Two
Published: Friday, 04 March 2016 23:44
- Written by Matt Pohl
The Junior B Hawks tied up their CJHL semi-final series at one with a wild 6-5 win over the North Edmonton Red Wings.
In front of a large and loud crowd at the JRC tonight, (Fri. Jan. 4/16) Lane Morin got the scoring started for Fort Saskatchewan one minute and 22 seconds into the first period. Justin Ferris scored less than two minutes later. Joey Morin put the Hawks up by three less than seven minutes into the game.
The regular season champion Red Wings came back with two early in the second, but Gage Gorda sniped top shelf followed by Mason Younger making it 5-2 Hawks.
North Edmonton scored again but Lane Morin scored on a break away to make it 6-3 mid-way through the third. The Red Wings scored two more but the Hawks held on for a 6-5 win.
Lane Morin scored the first goal of the game and the eventual game winner. Lane says "Good couple bounces, good assists from my winger and centreman, just went in the net and got lucky." "The whole team played great, everyone contributed for the good win." "Team really came together in the third period, we got a couple goals in a row, the Red Wings came back but we held it together and got the win." "The win is huge for us because you have to win when you're at home. It's tough going into their barn so hopefully we keep it going."
Game three goes Sunday night Londonderry Arena, with game four back at the JRC Tuesday night.
Hawks Open Semi-Final With Loss
Published: Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:31
- Written by Matt Pohl
A 4-1 loss for the Junior B Hawks to start their CJHL semi-final.
In a re-match of last year's league final, (the Red Wings won) the Hawks lost on the road last night to the North Edmonton Red Wings.
Zac Wilson scored his first goal of the playoffs (and season) for the Hawks early in the 2nd to tie it up at 1, but the Red Wings took it from there.
The best of 7 series continues with game two tomorrow night at the JRC at 8PM.
Hawks rout Royals, off to semi-finals
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks triumphed in their Feb. 26 match to advance to the CJHL playoffs semi-finals. Game 2 takes place March 4 at the JRC. (Omar Mosleh/Record Staff)
The Hawks went into Game 4 up 3-1 in the best of five series, and the pressure was on for both sides of the rink after a dry spell for both teams in the first period of the Feb. 25 match.
“We knew the Royals were going to come out, they had their backs against the wall,” said Head Coach John Parfett. “So coming out of that first period not having been scored on was a positive for us.”
The team was eager to seal the deal and not have to play a Game 5 in Edmonton and ramped things up in the second.
Tyson Davey lit up the whole arena with the first goal of the game about 10 minutes into the second period, which had the entire arena erupt in cheers.
“Tyson scoring that goal just lifted the whole bench,” Parfett said. “There were opportunities for both sides up to that point, so it kind of felt like one of those games that will go down to the wire and maybe go into overtime.”
That turned out to not be the case. The second period was an emotional one, with Jack Snider getting penalties for fighting, game misconduct and instigating.
That left the Hawks shorthanded, but fortunately they’re well-versed in playing with a smaller line.
“We were kind of talking about that – we’ve been the most penalized team in the league, a lot of it had to do with misconducts and guys taking penalties with their mouths, but one of the things with lots of penalties throughout the season is it gives you an opportunity to exercise your penalty kills,” Parfett said.
The Hawks held their ground and kept the Royals on their toes.
“I think we have one of the better groups of penalty killers in the league, and that really helped us at that point in the game,” Parfett said.
The dynamic of the game changed rapidly in the third period, with the Royals scoring a goal not three minutes into the game. The period turned into a tight back and forth, with both teams scoring three goals, with a strong performance from Hawks Dylan Dorval
One of the Royals’ leading scorers, Chad Coulombe, helped the Hawks by taking a 10-minute misconduct penalty.
“He ended up getting that goal out of the penalty box off the faceoff, which shows you how much of a dangerous player he could be.”
Parfett noted that at this point in the playoffs, penalties can end up having a real and paralyzing effect on teams.
“We had a similar situation with Sherwood Park, where their leading scorer got a game misconduct at the end of their first game and wasn’t available in the second game,” he said.
He’s hoping the Hawks stay calm and composed as they head into the semi-finals.
The Hawks next play on March 2 against the Edmonton Red Wings in Edmonton, followed by a March 4 match at home.
Parfett said they’re a well matched team and he expects them to put up a good fight.
“They’re a very well-coached team, they play a very disciplined game … they don’t really have any weak spots in defense. I think offensively, we’re a little stronger.
“We’re going to have to play as well as we did against the Royals to win four games.”
Hawks Advance to East Division Final
Published: Saturday, 27 February 2016 13:33
- Written by Ashley Freimark
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks are advancing to the CJHL East Division finals!
In a close game against the first seeded Edmonton Royals, the Hawks were able to pull through with a win of 4-3.
The first goal of the night was by Tyson Davey of the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks, making the only goal of the second period.
The third period saw even more action, as the Edmonton Royals scored three times, and the Hawks working hard to put in three more goals.
This win advances the Hawks to the east final which will start once the Wetaskiwin-Beaumont series concludes on Sunday.
Jr B Hawks Up 2-1 On Royals
Published: Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:35
- Written by Matt Pohl
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks need just one win to make it to the Capital Junior Hockey League East Division final.
The Hawks came away from Confederation Arena in Edmonton last night with a 6-5 win in overtime over the Royals.
4th seeded Fort Saskatchewan has a 2-1 series lead in the best of five series and can knock out the top team in the East Division tomorrow night at 8PM at the JRC.
Hawks toe to toe with Royals
Justin Ferris helped contribute to the 4-3 win over the Edmonton Royals on Feb. 21 at the JRC. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Capital Junior Hockey League (CJHL) team took a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Royals on Feb. 21 at the Jubilee Recreation Arena. The win ties the series with one game a piece, following a 8-3 loss at Edmonton’s Confederation Arena on Feb. 19.
The Hawks had a strong start to the game, with a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Royals clawed back, even up to last two minutes of the third period when they found their third goal.
Hawks captain Joey Morin said everyone played their part and the win gives them a boost of confidence going into Wednesday’s game.
“The boys were pumped after a win like that as we had a complete game,” Morin said.
Head coach John Parfett said other than four bad penalties, which he plans on cleaning up during practice this week, the team did everything it needed to and played a great competitive playoff game.
“Getting that win was huge for the team. It just builds a lot of confidence. If we went down 2-0 to this team, for the guys, it would be demoralizing. It would be a pretty tough hill to climb where we’d have to win three in a row against the Royals. Now they’re fired up and they have new life,” Parfett said.
Gage Gorda took first blood during a power play in the first period, which was followed up by a back door play by Joey Morin. Justin Ferris had the team’s third power play goal in the second period and Tyson Davey solidified the win on an empty netter in the third. With shots on net nearly even between the two teams at 37 for the Fort and 41 for Edmonton, goalie Mckenzie Candiani made plenty of huge saves between the pipes.
“He was tracking the puck well. He made a couple of great saves moving side to side, which took away a couple of goals from them. He played well,” Parfett said.
The team closely line-matched against the Royal’s Mik Mykietyshyn and Chad Coulombe, who Parfett considers to be their most dangerous players. Both were at the top of the leaders score board during the league’s regular season. Shutdown forwards, Josh Spicer, Ryan Thomas, and Josh Sinatynski were in charge of taking care of Mykietyshyn and Coulombe in the Fort’s end.
Hawks defenceman Nick Veenstra had two assists, one in the first and another in the second period. He said the team fed off of the fan’s energy.
“We knew we were going to have a great crowd and have the energy on our side, but we need to focus on being able to do the same in their barn. We need to win at least one game there, so that’s where our focus is right now,” Veenstra said.
Morin noted in order to get through playoffs, the team is playing it game by game, one period at a time, and they are all willing to come together and do whatever it takes to get the win.
“Everybody is on the same page and it’s really an exciting time in the playoffs to have a group of guys like we do,” Morin said.
“I truly believe we have the closest team in the league. There are no individuals — just a group of brothers striving for the same goal,” he added.
The Hawk’s regular season captain, Tyler Wilson is still out on injury but is expected to be back with the flock for this Friday’s home game.
“He wants to come back and do whatever he can for us, there’s no doubt about that, but I’m not going to put him on the ice if he’s at risk of tearing his knee and creating further damage because we want to be in this for the long run. We would like to have Tyler (going forward in the playoffs) and not to lose him if I bring him back too early,” Parfett said.
The Hawks played an away game against the Royals on Wednesday evening past The Record’s publication time.
The series returns for Game 4 at the JRC on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.
Hawks Tie Series
Published: Monday, 22 February 2016 07:44
- Written by Matt Pohl
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks beat the top team in the CJHL's East Division last night at the JRC.
The Junior B Hawks won 4-3 to tie their best of 5 division semi-final series at one game a piece, as the Hawks lost in Edmonton on friday 8-3.
Game three goes Wednesday in Edmonton, with game four back at the JRC friday night.
Hawks swoop in on Knights
The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks won the qualifying round of the Capital Junior Hockey League’s playoffs 2-0.
Head coach John Parfett said the teams were evenly matched and emotions were high due to their traditional rivalry and it being the first playoffs round.
“There’s a long standing rivalry between Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan and the players know each other from playing against each other for years,” he said. “That just kind of naturally exists … from a coaching perspective, that takes away one of your challenges, to get them fired up for the game.”
The Knights took it away with two goals early in the first, which put the pressure on the Hawks to ramp it up. Joey Morin and Gage Gorda met the challenge, clinching two powerplay goals in the second half of the first.
“I thought we started the game strong … they came out and got two quick goals on us. The guys kind of settled themselves down and came back and competed and were able to get a couple goals,” Parfett said. “Responding from those two goals was really a turning point.”
The Hawks consistently scored two goals in the second and the third, with forward Gage Gorda having a good night with three goals.
“Gage is the type of player that if you give him the opportunities, he’ll find the back of the net,” Parfett said.
Goalie McKenzie Candiani also shone in the series, performing well in both games.
“I know there were times they got him a little rattled, but if you look at both games, especially the second, he really did come up big for us and controlled his emotions,” Parfett said.
That was particularly evident in the second game of the series, which the Hawks took away with a 4-0 shutout.
“It was encouraging for us to see them play that way, because that’s the way you’ve got to play in the playoffs,” Parfett said.
“We knew what was at stake in that game and we knew that the longer the game stayed close it was a bit more of an advantage for Sherwood Park,” Parfett said. “We challenged them to come out in the second period, step it up and take the game over. And they did.”
Players Justin Ferris and Tyson Davey proved to be a dynamic duo, with Ferris scoring a hat trick, with two assists from Davey.
“Justin has been in a bit of a slump, he did have a lot of points this year but not as many as he did last year in his rookie season,” Parett said. “I feel that chemistry between Tyson and Justin has really helped Justin break out.”
The Hawks next play against the Edmonton Royals on Feb. 19 in an away game.
Hawks Eliminate Sherwood Park
Published: Monday, 15 February 2016 00:02
- Written by Matt Pohl
The Junior B Hawks finished off Sherwood Park on the road Sunday night with a 4-0 victory to win the first round playoff series two straight.
Nick Veenstra's bullet from the point got the scoring started mid-way through the second.
Justin Ferris then notched a hat-trick! "It was nice to get back in the groove." "I've been in a little bit of a slump lately and I didn't put the points I did last year but it's nice to get three goals and get the win especially with Goalie Candiani playing great getting the shutout." As for winning the series, "It's not bad, especially against Sherwood Park, they've always been a rival." "We had a tough time when we were in a downfall this year, but we picked it back up." "Nice to beat these guys in their own barn and in two games so on to the next one."
MacKenzie Candiani made 25 saves for the shutout.
Gage Gorda scored hat-trick in Friday night's 6-4 game one win.
The Hawks won the series two straight. The Hawks will now face the top team in the East Division, the Edmonton Royals who finished ten points higher than the Hawks.
Hawks Grab Early Lead In Series Against Rivals
Published: Saturday, 13 February 2016 14:06
- Written by Rudy Fast
The Fort Sask Hawks grabbed a huge 6-4 win last night at the JRC in their first game of the playoffs against Sherwood Park.
Going neck and neck for the first two periods, the Hawks were able to strike at the Knights in the 3rd period to grab a two goal lead.
#12 Gage Gorda of the Hawks was one of the main contributors on offense, tallying a hat trick in the game, Gorda gives credit to his line mates for his offensive production. Gorda says it was a good team effort, and its always nice to get the first one out of the way.
The second and possibly final game of the series is Sunday night in Sherwood Park.
Hawks Gearing Up For Rivalry Playoff Series
Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:52
- Written by Rudy Fast
With a 5-4 loss to Beverly last night, it marks the final regular season game of the year for the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks.
After finishing 4th in their division, the Hawks look ahead to the playoff season which they start Friday against Sherwood Park.
Coach John Parfett looks ahead to playing the rival Sherwood Park team.
"You know Sherwood Park didn't finish that far off with us in the standings. We had good games with them all year, so we are looking at it being a competitive series. We are going to have to play our better game to win that series."
Parfett continues that the Fort Saskatchewan hockey clubs have always been rivals with the Sherwood Park teams since these guys were young, and that all these players know one another so it should be a great series.
One area Parfett says the team wants to improve on going into playoffs are special teams.
"The biggest thing for us is special teams, and mainly powerplay. In the playoffs one of the deciding factors is special teams and that's definitely one of the areas we want to focus on going in to playoffs."
Catch Hawks playoff action tomorrow night for the first game of the playoffs, as they take on Sherwood Park at the JRC.
Hawks held back by penalties
Fort Saskatchewan Hawks player Lane Morin shoots for the net at their Feb. 5 match against Spruce Grove, which they won with a 5-0 shutout. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
Even with a 5-0 shutout over the Spruce Grove Regals on Friday night at the Jubilee Recreation Centre, the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks received major suspensions and possible injuries heading into the crucial playoff season.
With Spruce Grove having nothing to lose after they were bumped out of a playoff spot, Regals forward Harrison Blayney, who has racked up 202 penalty minutes this season, was looking to add to his brutish legacy as he walloped Mason Younger in the face. Captain Tyler Wilson and defenceman Zac Wilson jumped to his aid, ending with a four-game suspension for Tyler.
“That’s the biggest fear as a coach, is to see suspensions and it was my worst fear come true. We got the win which was nice but we ended up with some significant suspensions,” head coach John Parfett said.
“That kid already got 10 game suspensions this year and had 11 suspensions last year so they had a habitual problem with a player on their team which became the centre of attention during our game and unfortunately we ended up with suspensions out of it,” he added.
The team is appealing Tyler’s second game suspension as he could miss the first round of playoffs. Updates will be given this week if the captain also torn his knee during that fight which might keep him out of the first round playoffs even if the appeal is successful.
“(Blayney) throwing a sucker punch at Mason was an absolute joke,” Tyler Wilson said, “I’m glad no matter who is on the ice, they will stand up for one another and that showed with all of our players who were on the ice trying to get a piece of him... which they did.”
“I actually fought (Tyler Sonnichsen). He wrestled with one of our players and was looking to punch a defenseless player as the linesman broke them up and I stepped in and he started swinging, so I dropped my gloves and we went at it,” the Hawks captain recalled.
Hawks newbie back up goalie Grayson Parkes saw a shutout with only 12 challenges on net. Lane Morin, Joey Morin, Gage Gorda, Nick Veenstra and Tyson Davey all contributed points up on the board.
Hawks couldn’t keep up with a shorten bench and took a 8-5 loss in an away game against the St. Albert Merchants on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Hurting from a shortened bench from suspensions, injures, and work commitments, Parfett said he was encouraged by the effort on the ice and having players slotted into different roles with major holes in the offensive lines. The team was short eight players: both Morin Twins, Zac and Tyler Wilson, Boe Geslinger, Linden Bourne, and Tyler and Dylan Dorval. It was a close game with a 4-4 tie at the end of the second but the Hawks started to show their fatigue.
“We just started running out of gas. After the fourth goal, St. Albert switched to their back up goalie to take over the game. They had a full bench and our guys were tired and it started to show. They clawed back in the second period and in the third they just pulled away and ended it with 8-5,” Parfett recalled.
Forward Tyson Davey was a highlight of the game for Parfett as he started off the game well with a goal and an assist in the first period and repeated that same success in the second period. He noted Davey found great chemistry on a line with Justin Ferris and Gage Gorda.
The last two seasons saw the Hawks finish higher in the standings, seeing a by-week in the first rounds of playoffs. Following Sunday’s loss, the Hawks finish in fourth place in the north. Missing third place will gift home ice advantage to the Fort as they play off against fifth place Sherwood Park starting this coming weekend.
“Our fans are incredible. That’s the strength of having home-ice advantage and having the crowd behind us,” the coach noted.
In preparation for the Knights, the Hawks focused on their power play during their Monday practice after they missed to capitalize on goal opportunities in 12 power play minutes against the Regals which resulted in finding the back of the net once.bThe Hawks played their last regular season game against the Beverly Warriors on Wednesday, past The Record’s publication time.
The first playoff series kicks off this weekend against Sherwood Park. Game one against the Knights will start at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at the JRC and will return to the Fort for a Game three if necessary on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
Hawks Score Another Win
Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016 09:58
- Written by Shannon O'Shea
The Hawks were in action Friday night, February 5th, at the Jubilee Recreation Centre where they hosted the Spruce grove Regal. The Hawks came out fast with Lane Morin scoring not even a minute into the game ending the first up 1-0. Second period action saw Hawks Gage Gorda and Joey Morin Bring the team up by three. The Hawks didn't let up in the third with Tyson Davies and Nick Veenstra both finding the back of the net ending the game 4-0. The Hawks now have a 20-15-0 record good enough for fourth place in their division.
The team is back in action on Wednesday, February 10th, where they will take on the Beverly Warriors.
Winning Streak Ends For The Hawks
Published: Monday, 01 February 2016 10:11
- Written by Shannon O'Shea
It was a tough Friday night for the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks in CJHL hockey action. The first place in the Western Division, The Edmonton Mustangs were in town Friday, January 29th to face off against the East Divisions forth place Hawks. The Edmonton Mustangs came out strong scoring the first two goals of the game taking a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes of play. Second period started off with Hawks Tyler Wilson scoring his first of the game. Edmonton Mustangs ended the second period squeaking on past Hawks goaltender McKenzie Candiani ending forty minutes of place up 3-1. Third period saw Hawks Tyler Wilson score his second of the game followed by Gage Gorda but the Mustangs answered back ending the game 4-3.
The Hawks now have a 19-14-0 record good enough for forth place in the standings, ten points away from the first place Wetaskiwin Icemen. The Hawks are at home this Friday, February 5th where they will face off against the Spruce Grove Regal's. The last time these two teams met was back on November 22, 2015, where The Regal's beat The Hawks 7-4. Game time for the rematch is 8:00 pm at the Jubilee Rec Centre.
Hawks soar with five-game streak
Going for six out of six.
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Junior B Hawks are on a five game winning streak for the first time in the 2015-16 season.
Last Wednesday and over the weekend saw three upsets in three away games against the Morinville Jets (7-6 final), the Stony Plain Flyers (6-1 win), and the Edmonton Royals (4-3).
Bo Geslinger tied the game 3-3 and the Morin twins finished off the Jets in overtime on Jan. 20.
Head coach John Parfett said the team played a complete game against the Flyers just two days later. He considers it to be their best game of the season with all four lines working at 10/10 at both ends of the ice. Following Micah Bonneville’s departure to France, the game also marked the introduction of the team’s backup goalie, Grayson Parkes. He started with the team in December and Parfett said it was the perfect time to test his abilities before approaching playoffs.
“It was Grayson’s first time in net. There wasn’t a whole lot of shots on net, only 17, but he made some really nice saves,” Parfett said.
“It was a good game for him to build some confidence and a good game for the team to get some confidence with him in net, which is important because if we do need to put him in net somewhere along the lines during playoffs, you need the team to be confident to play out in front of him. You couldn’t have asked for anything better out of that game than the outcome that we had.”
Sunday’s game saw the Hawks’ first win over the division leading Edmonton Royals this season. He noted the team maintained their high spirits entering the second period Ryan Thomas found the back of the net, which was quickly followed up another two Hawks goals which put them in the lead. The third period continued to be a back and forth battle with the Royals finding the back of the net first to make it 3-3 but the Hawks clawed one back to take the 4-3 win. Only one of the three Royals goals was a power play goal, which is their strong suit.
“Holding them to only one power play goal in that game was a positive. It was a good win for us and it builds that confidence for us, knowing we can beat the Royals. It puts a little bit of doubt in the (Royals’) minds too that we can beat them and it keeps our streak going heading into playoffs,” he said.
Parfett said the team is experiencing a winning streak after more players bought into the kind of play the coaching staff were trying to establish during December, when the Hawks went through a rough patch of winning only two of ten games.
“We’re starting to see some success. They’re committed now and looking forward to playoffs and they have the confidence they can play against anybody,” the coach said.
“The newer players are settling in and now they feel like they’re a part of the team. Both Gage Gorda and Boe Geslinger have said the Hawks have one of the best atmospheres compared to any other team in the dressing room. When they want to play for each other and they have the confidence to go out there and compete, that’s a big step in the right direction before we head into playoff hockey,” Parfett noted.
Playing against the Edmonton Mustangs this Friday on home ice, the team will rely on similar fore check plays as they carried out with the Royals.
“They turn the puck over very quickly so we’ll have to be conscious of that and we can’t have guys caught in deep when we play against them,” he said.
“They’re a very strong team, and very tough defensively. We’ll work on that. It’s going to be a test for us to see where we’re at, they’re right behind the Red Wings.”
The puck drops at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 against the Mustangs at the Jubilee Recreation Center.
Two Big Wins For The Hawks
Published: Monday, 25 January 2016 12:34
- Written by Shannon O'Shea
In Capital Junior Hockey League action Friday, January 22, night the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks took down the Stony plain flyer 6-1. First period action saw Hawks Linden Bourne and Lane Morin get the puck passed Flyer goaltender leaving the first with the team up by 2. Second period action was a slow one with Joe Morin scoring one heading into the third with the hawks up 3-0. Hawks Gage Gorda and Tyler Wilson snapped two quick goals with the Flyer's answering back with one. Before the 60 minutes was up Hawks Tyer Wilson scored the final goal of the game as well as his second of the period ending the game 6-1.
The Hawks were back in action last night for their second win of the weekend taking down the first place Edmonton Royals. The Royals came out strong in the first period scoring two goals ending the period 2-0. The Hawks did manage to answer back with two goals in the second thanks to Ryan Thomas and Justin Ferris. Third period saw the Royals make the scoreboard first followed by two quick ones by the Hawks Gage Gorda and Lane Morin to secure the win by a score of 4-3. The Hawks now have a 19-13-2 record putting them in third place in their division.
The Hawks are home this Friday, January 29th, against the Edmonton Mustangs in town at the Jubilee Rec Centre, game time is 8:00 pm.
Overtime Win For The Hawks
Published: Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:52
- Written by Shannon O'Shea
In Capital Junior Hockey League action last night, January 21st, the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks were on the road to Morinville to face off against the Jets. The Hawks started things off two minutes into the first period with a goal from Gage Gorda follwed by a goal from Mason Younger. The Jets managed to get two quick goals pasted Hawks goaltender McKenzie Candiani thirty seconds apart to tie things up, but Hawks Joey Morin helped the Hawks regain the lead before the end of the first.
Second period action saw Hawks Tyler Wilson score thirty seconds into the period followed by Justin Ferris to take a 5-2 lead but it was short lived. The Jets managed to get three goals passed Candiani to end the second period tied at 5-5. Starting the third period the Jets took the lead for the first time of the game but with just over a minute left Hawks Boe Geslinger tied the game up sending the teams to overtime. Four and a half minutes left in the overtime period Hawks Lane Morin scored the game winning goal for a 7-6 victory for the Hawks.
The Hawks win gave the team an extra point to bring them to a 17-13-0 record putting them in third in their division. The Hawks will be in Stony Plain this Friday, January 22, to take on the flyers, last time the two teams played was October 31 where the Flyer beat out the Hawks 1-0.
Skills Competiton Returns to CJHL All Star Games
Published: Sunday, 17 January 2016 12:06
- Written by Lisa Ecker
The Canadian Junior Hockey League held the 2016 All Star Game at the Jubilee Recreation Center on Saturday (Jan 16). Spectators were first treated to the Rookie game where first year players compete and showcase their talent.Up next was the skills competition that included the fastest skater, best break away and the fastest shot.
The level of enjoyment was apparent by the big grins on the faces of all the skaters as they watched their colleagues compete for the fun of it, including watching goal tenders in full gear compete for the hardest shot.
After that was the much anticipated main event, the All Star game. Which historically is high scoring with a result of 13 for the west and 8 for the East, lower than last years 17-15 result.
Mike Ferris 2016 Committee Chair for the All Star game, says that the skills competition was brought back after a few years and was a huge success among the players and enjoyed immensely by the spectators.
Bryce Nelson wins the Hardest Shot competition with a 149 km/hr shot
Hawks forward Tyson Davey eyes the puck as he presses against Edmonton Red Wings defenceman Ryan Laird during Friday’s game at the Jubilee Recreation Center. The Hawks came back late in the game and took a 7-6 loss. They play Strathcona on Jan. 15. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)
The Fort Saskatchewan Noyen Construction Hawks will surely seek revenge for its 7-6 loss against the Edmonton Red Wings on Jan. 8. The high-energy game was a non-stop back and forth brawl between the two sides, seeing goals from Tyler Wilson, Ryan Thomas, and both Lane Morin and Gage Gorda netted two goals each.
“That was a playoff game — that’s what it felt like. The intensity was there, everyone was into it and the fans were into it too. It was a great battle right to the end,” said team captain Tyler Wilson.
Fort Saskatchewan has a long rivalry with the Wings as two years ago they beat out the Wings in the semi-finals and then went on to take the title. Last year, the Wings got the best of the Hawks with one-goal differential wins in five out of seven games.
Because of the rivalry, Hawks head coach John Parfett said it’s more than just a game for points against the Wings, it’s a game for pride too. He noted when a Red Wings player was kicked out for fighting and the Hawks were down 6-3, he pointed at the scoreboard as he skated off.
Parfett called Friday’s game a good measuring stick since the Wings sit at the top of the eastern division and are battling against the Edmonton Royals to be first overall. He added Thomas did a good job defensively when he was matched nicely with high scoring Mikey Mantello.
“When (Mantello) was out there with out Ryan or being line matched, he took advantage of us and got a couple of break away goals. It was disappointing and frustrating to watch him walk in on break aways when that’s an area we’ve been talking about and to be more aware of him when he’s on the ice,” Parfett said.
“There’s more work to be done there if we do play against them in the playoffs and we’ll have to contain him. But overall I thought there was a lot of positives out of the game.”
The news wasn’t all bad for the CJHL team as they captured a playoff position with a 5-2 win over the visiting Leduc Riggers on Sunday evening.
Wilson was encouraged by the team’s discipline.
“We controlled the puck very well tonight and the time on attack was big for us and we were creating more opportunities instead of chasing the puck,” Wilson said.
Regardless of having won all four games against the Riggers this season, Wilson said it’s never wise to underestimate Leduc because they did see wins against some of the league’s top teams.
The team is now regrouping and focusing on what it will take in the next month to rack up more points and place themselves into a comfortable playoff position.
“Going into playoffs, we want it bad this year. We know what it tastes like to lose so we’re going to look for that win,” Wilson noted.
He said playoff wins will be contributed to every player will have to play their roles and in the case of the Red Wings, it will involve strong line matching and defensive plays against Mantello.
Wilson said he’s been particularly impressed with how the Morin twins, Joey and Lane, have upped their game yet again this season.
“It’s amazing to watch them, with the passes they do and they’re not even looking to each other. I don’t know how they do that. I guess it’s just a twin thing,” he laughed.
The captain also gave props to newcomer Gage Gorda, who originally played for Strathcona Bruins last year and sits at thirteenth overall in the league for goals with 28 points. He said he’s been a great pairing on the Morin twins’ line.
“He’s been phenomenal. He’s been big for us this year and he’s leading our team in points. He’s a very skilled player.”
This weekend Fort Saskatchewan will host the CJHL All Star games. Saturday will see a busy afternoon with the rookie game at noon, the skills competition at 2:15 p.m. (a new addition to the showcase this year), and the all star game at 4 p.m.
“It’ll be nice to play with some of the guys who you battle against every week. It’s a fun weekend for the league and the community,” Wilson said.
With eight regular season games remaining, the Hawks will play the Strathcona Bruins on Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at the JRC.
Fort Saskatchewan Hosts CJHL All-Star Game
Written by Rudy Fast
Fort Saskatchewan will host the 2016 CJHL All Star Game at the JRC this year.
Players from around the league will be taking part in the Rookie game, Skills Competition (which will include hardest shot, fastest skater and breakaway challenge), and the Main All Star Game. Fort Saskatchewan will be represented by 5 Hawks players. Dylan Dorval, Bryce Nelson and Tyson Davey will participate in the Rookie Game, while Alex Nisbet and Joey Morin will take part in the Main game.
The Rookie game is at noon, Skills competition at 2:15 and the main game starts at 4pm. All events will take place at the JRC. Entry is $5.
Hawks Take Down The Riggers
Written by Shannon O'Shea
On Sunday night, January 09, The Fort Saskatchewan Hawks were on home ice when they hosted the Leduc Riggers. The Hawks ultimately came away with a 5-2 win bringing their record to 16-12-2. Hawks Ryan Thomas managed to score two goals in the first, while Lane Morin received two goals in the second and Tyler Wilson finishing of the scoring in the third with a goal. Sunday nights win bring the Hawks to third place in the East with 34 points which is 12 point shy of the leading Edmonton Royals. The Hawks are at home again this Friday, January 15, where they will play host to the Strathcona Bruins. Last time the hawks and Bruins met was December 6th where the Bruins won 8-0. Game time is 8:00 pm at the Jubilee Rec Centre.
Gorda goes off
Gage Gorda was on fire on Tuesday, pitching in all three goals in the hawks’ 3-1 win over the Beaumont Chiefs, along with two assists from the Morin brothers.
A hat trick winner is one hell of a way to kick off the New Year for Hawks forward Gage Gorda.
The Fort Saskatchewan CJHL Noyen Construction Hawks opened 2016 with a 3-1 win over the Beaumont Chiefs on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Assisted by the Morin twins for two goals, along with one unassisted goal, while shorthanded nonetheless, Gorda was unstoppable.
“Gage is a natural goal scorer, he’s a shooter. He can pick the corners,” head coach John Parfett said.
“His first goal was a nice pass and play from Joey and Lane, and he finished it off. The second goal was on a power play and he beat the goalie low on the blocker’s side, and he picked the corner of the net really well. The third goal was a really good effort from him where he knocked the puck away from a defenceman as they were trying to break out and beat the goalie,” he recalled.
“We started off fairly strong. With rests from the break, some passing and timing was off a little bit, legs weren’t quite there, but it was the same for Beaumont,” Parfett added about the overall game.
Having played the Chiefs before the break on Dec. 22, which saw an 8-1 win for Fort, Parfett said they knew the Beaumont book and were focused on shutting down Chiefs forward Douglas Morris who currently has the most points in the league.
“They like to hang out high in their defensive end at their blue line and when the puck comes back against our defencemen, we get a shot on net and they dump it back out and they hit us on the transition quickly. They caught us in first game and the game before Christmas, and they had a few break-aways, so that’s something we worked on a little bit.”
Following Tuesday night’s game, the Hawks sit in fourth place, one point behind the Chiefs. Parfett said the first-place Edmonton Royals would have to go on a losing streak in order for the Fort to catch up but he believes the team will be able to catch to the second-place Wetaskiwin Icemen. The Hawks have just 10 remaining games in the regular season.
The Hawks will look to overcome one of their enduring rivals, as Edmonton’s Red Wings visit Friday. Parfett said focus will be placed on line matching for dangerous Wings forward Mikey Mantello.
“To play against them, we need to play a simple game because they’re very strong defensively and well disciplined. We’ll have to look for shots and rebounds and not try to make that three-pass back door goal which our guys like to do,” Parfett said.
“We need to keep playing the way we were right before Christmas and how we played on Tuesday. Everyone was buying into the plays. We’ve been getting pucks in deep on the other team, and getting our fore checking and back checking in. It’s just the simple things we want to keep doing and make it a habit so once we’re into playoffs, we’re playing competitive hockey.”
Published: Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:31
- Written by Matt Pohl
Gage Gorda scored all three goals in the Junior B Hawks' 3-1 win in Beaumont last night. (Jan. 5/16)
Gorda finished off the hat-trick with a shorthanded goal after one on the power play.
The win moves the Hawks into fourth place in the CJHL's East Division, one ahead of Sherwood Park and one behind Beaumont.
Jr B Hawks 14-11 On The Season
Published: Thursday, 24 December 2015 14:07
- Written by Matt Pohl
A hot start followed by injuries and suspensions catching up with them so far this season for the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks.
The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks had a really good start to their season with seven wins and two overtime losses. Following a 4-2 stretch, Coach John Parfett says in the middle of October, the Hawks ran into injuries and suspensions resulting in 10 game span with 8 losses and 2 wins. Coach John Parfett says they had to refocus on what they were trying to do and buy into what was asked by Coaches. Parfett adds they started seeing results in the last three games, beating Leduc and Beaumont.
The Hawks get a break before they face the Chiefs again in Beaumont on Tuesday, January 5th.
The Hawks are now 14-11, good for fourth in the CJHL's East Division, five points behind Beaumont and one ahead of Sherwood Park.
Hawks shatter Beaumont Chiefs
Hawks forward Tyler Dorval slips the puck past a Beaumont defenceman and later found the back of the net in the beginning of the third period. Dorval’s goal contributed to an overall 8-1 win for the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B team on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the JRC. (Lindsay Morey/Record Staff)