Hawks hockey

The humidex may be going through the roof around here these days but local hockey players have been getting their share of ice time at regional tournaments.
Rainy River District was well-represented at a series of tournaments involving the Northern Hawks ‘AAA’ clubs in Brandon, Man. over the weekend.
“The kids played very well considering they practised together for a handful of hours,” said Howard Bobczynski, whose son, Patrick, played on the ’91 Hawks (Atom players born in 1991).
That team went 2-2-1 in pool play before beating the Cypress Timberwolves in a shootout during the consolation semi-final. But then they lost 6-5 to the Junior Steelers (Winnipeg) in the final.
Mitchell Cain led the local contingent with seven points (three goals/four assists), followed by Emo’s Luke Judson (two goals/three assists).
Bobczynski added four assists while James McInerney (Rainy River) bagged two goals.
T.J. Pocock of Fort Frances played in goal for the Hawks.
It was Judson and Cain’s second year with the team.
Meanwhile, the ’90 Hawks also made it to the consolation final, where they lost 5-3 to the Manitoba Mustangs. They had gone 1-2-1 in pool play.
Jordan Davis of Devlin led his team in scoring with 12 points (10 goals/two assists) while Taylor Jorgenson (two goals/seven assists) and Kyle Turgeon (three goals/five assists) of Fort Frances were other big local contributors.
Kyle Herr of here added a goal and three assists while Ryan Witherspoon of Devlin had a goal and two assists.
In the 1989 division, the Hawks—sporting three local players—went 2-2 in pool play before losing 11-9 to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the consolation semi-finals.
Terry Carmody of Emo scored three goals and three assists for the Hawks with Brian Glavish (Fort Frances) adding four goals and two assists.
Maverick Judson of Emo chipped in two assists.
The Hawks are made up of players from across Northwestern Ontario. More than 100 teams take part in the three-week span of weekend tournaments, all of them held in Brandon’sKeystone Centre.
“It’s just a good opportunity for players to get a taste of ‘AAA’ competition,” said Howard Bobczynski.
The series of tournaments will wrap up this weekend as locals Sarah Barton and Kristin Roehrig suit up for the Bantam girls’ team while Joe Basaraba will join the boys’ ’92 squad.