SHAWVILLE Oct. 6, 2018
Shawville got a reminder of what a local Junior team could provide for them on Saturday, when the Maniwaki Mustangs took on the Grey Highlands Hawks in a fiercely fought match that night.
As both teams fought hard with skill and fists on the ice, there was plenty of action to be had at the Shawville Community Centre when the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League (CPJHL) came to town.
The excitement began just over a minute into the first, as the home team celebrated a quick goal. Maniwaki’s Adam Masty-Shem worked his way up to the net, firing it in and setting the team up for plenty of early exhilaration.
A few minutes later, his teammate Mark Ikey would fire in their second goal, after sneaking the puck past the Hawks’ heavily defended net.
These early celebrations proved much too anticipatory, as the Hawks soon fought back hard. The Mustangs’ fortune changed when penalties were handed out starting at just over five minutes in.
While roughing was observed on the ice, the Mustangs’ Brad Lachaine was ejected at this point, for major interference. Just three minutes later, with players still stuck in the box, Carl Roy would join them for a particularly vicious bash against a Hawk, as the Mustang sought revenge for an earlier swipe.
Maniwaki kept up a strong defence during the Hawks’ power play, not letting anything in, but lost their focus after this. The Hawks soon tied the scoreboard up, when one of theirs caught a deflected shot at the Maniwaki goalie and proved too fast for his reflexes.
The second period saw no shortage of the action, when Mustang Anthony Bédard scored their third less than 30 seconds in.
This period was marred with penalty after penalty as the lads got rough on the ice. Plenty of fights broke out, and coupled with lots of back-and-forth action, there was never a moment that spectators were bored.
As the second wore on, the Mustangs would be penalized eight times, before Josh Ottawa Black was kicked out for a match penalty. Cheers and whooping from the home bench continued on, ever eager to enjoy themselves even as the Hawks took the lead.
However, the Hawks were dealt their fair share of punishments too, receiving five penalties with most for roughing. Plenty of chirping was thrown across the benches as the coaches argued with referees on several occasions.
Two goals by Hawks Aleks Stoilov and Marek Vaculik in the last minute and a half of the second put their team ahead, 5-3.
With Ottawa Black’s penalty running over from the second, the third began with a power play for the Hawks. The teams evened out again around two minutes in, with Maniwaki maintaining a solid defence the entire power play.
Both teams were wary of their roughness this period, holding back more on the fisticuffs.
The Mustangs received only two penalties, while the Hawks’ Garin Janiuk, the goalie, received their only penalty for holding.
Just over eight minutes in, Anakin Tooktoo scored, as the home team rallied back. This was soon followed by the Hawks’ Daniel Bureau scoring his second of the evening, just a minute late.
Four minutes later, Samuel Constantineau would fire in Maniwaki’s final goal of the night.
Despite their best efforts, and pulling their goalie in the last minute, Maniwaki could not regain the lead. The Hawks won the close-fought match with a score of 6-5.
Mustangs owner Eric Gauthier said he’s bringing regular season games to the Shawville arena as a way to drum up interest for a new Junior team to take to the ice. He’s currently arranging for a Shawville team, called Shawville Express, to join the CPJHL.
Until then, Gauthier will continue to bring more Maniwaki games to Shawville, showcasing what the league is capable of. He highlighted the speed and action on the ice as plenty of reason for locals to be excited about the CPJHL games and hopes to see more people pack into the stands at upcoming games.
“I know Shawville is a hockey town,” said Gauthier.
The Mustangs will take on the Essa Stallions this Sunday, Oct. 14 in Shawville, with the puck dropping at 4 p.m.
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