Friday, February 19, 2010
It has finally happened, the Nighthawks have won their first game of the season. It could not have come against a better team either, their arch rival Stormin Normin. The Nighthawks suffered a heartbreaking loss last week, and many felt that would carry over into this game, but it did not. The Nighthawks had a 5-2 lead at the half, and they coasted to victory 6-5. The team definitely learned from last week's loss , and made sure to play defense to secure the win. Along with the win, there were a lot of changes that the team made this week. First off, they put Emily in goal. She did very well stopping five shots, and posting the best GAA for a game this year. It seems the Nighthawks have found their goalie. Also, another player was picked up for the game, Sherif, who had five points that game, and was a huge asset to the team. The Nighthawks started the game with two quick goals by Sherif and picking up their physical game. This type of play led to a confrontation when Andrew Willis hit a player into the wall, and he took exception to that. They were assessed matching minors, but Andrew, along with the other two captains, made sure that the players knew they were here to play and not get pushed around. After Andrew got out of the box he responded by giving Luke Bahrou a great pass for the goal, and adding a goal later in that game. The other two goals were scored by John Mosley. Travis Feravich also added two assists. This team has finally found the recipe for winning, and we will see how that works out for them in the upcoming games.
Friday, February 12, 2010
The Nighthawks looked like the team we thought they could be at the beginning of the year. They played their best game of the year by far, but fell just short 8-7. The Nighthawks looked unstoppable in the first half as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Goals were scored by John Mosley (2), Saxon Feravich, Andrew Willis, and Luke Bahrou. Mike Roos had an amazing game in net, making some unbelievable saves. His great goalkeeping was a huge boost for this team. Los Hooligans scored with under 30 seconds to go in the half, and that seemed to be the momentum changer. In the second half, the Nighthawks were outscored 7-2 (goals by John Mosley and returning Canadian Conor Milroy). The 1-3-1 style the Nighthawks switched to this game seemed to work. It is a new defense so it will get better in the games to come. The one thing they need to watch for is the back-door cuts, and rebounds. That is how a number of goals were scored from for Los Hooligans. Saxon said he was happy with his team's performance, but in the same regard disappointed with the loss. "We seem to finally have a plan to play this game, I just hope next week the ball bounces are way," Saxon said. The Nighthawks showed a lot of improvement in this game, and first the first time all season they were having fun playing. We will see if they can keep confidence for the game next week.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Nighthawks had their worst outing of the year last Thursday when they lost 12-2 . The team that was favored to be at the top of the league this session is bleeding. They have no wins this year, and thing aren't looking any better for this team. When asked about the struggles this year, captain Saxon Feravich said, "I have no idea what is going on. We look good for the first five minutes and then we just lose it. By the end the game no one really cares anymore." So the question for this Nighthawks team is how can they keep up the intensity for a whole 50 minutes? Saxon has said he is going to start captaining this week, and there will be some line-up changes made. The Nighthawks also have some questions heading into tonight's game. Travis Feravich, the A+ Captain, my not make it to the game because of a curfew, and the same is true for Rachel Willis. Also, Andrew Willis is rehabbing an injury that has him listed as questionable for the game, and will probably affect his playing time if he goes. There is a silver lining though, the Nighthawks all-time assist leader and save percentage leader Conor Milroy is rumored to be at the game. He might provide some motivation. Regardless of what players show up the Nighthawks need to figure out this game and their team or they will be on their way to an imperfect season.