Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Home sweet home, Hawks win both on weekend

The Hawks picked up back-to-back victories at the ‘Cage’ this weekend after a 4-2 win over Notre Dame on Saturday.

Hudson Cameron led the way offensively scoring a pair of goals, the 19-year-old forward from Kelowna has three goals this year, Joel Mabin added his first of the campaign in the win, rookie Eric Hoiness scored his second career SJHL goal in as many nights. Head Coach Tad Kozun said he was pleased with the control the Hawks had through 40 minutes with a four goal cushion, but the third period left something to be desired after the Hounds scored twice.

“You have to have that killer instinct to put these teams away because down the stretch you have to make sure you don’t let teams back into it that can crawl back. We’re definitely happy with four points this weekend and it’s a big confidence boost for our guys,” Kozun said.

First-year SJHL goaltender Tyson Endall of Lyalta, Alta. made his Nipawin regular season debut, the 18-year-old made 19 stops for the win and added an assist with his active puck playing ability. Kozun said Endall’s efforts show the team has two formidable goalies going forward with Damon Cunningham.

“I thought he was really good,” Kozun said. “The way he handles the puck, acts like a third defenceman out there.  The way he competes, it’s good for the guys to see and now they have confidence in both guys.”

Nipawin is now off until Friday when they host the Battlefords North Stars on Friday, the Hawks travel to North Battleford on Saturday. That game will be broadcasted on CJVR Radio beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Friday’s game is a 7 p.m. puck drop at the ‘Cage.’