Lakeshore Winterhawks Jersey Night Brings Win in Southampton

On a night when the Lakeshore Winterhawks retro jerseys returned to Southampton, the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks left no doubt on the ice as they ran roughshod over the Lucknow Lancers in front of a jam-packed Southampton Coliseum crowd, taking an 11-2 victory on Friday night.Recognizing the history of senior hockey in Saugeen Shores, the Winterhawks wore the jerseys of their predecessors, the Lakeshore Winterhawks, who played seven seasons at the Coliseum, from 1989-1996.

Two of the former Lakeshore’s more prolific players, Jim Grieve and Don Matheson, were on hand to drop the ceremonial puck to start the game.

 (L) Don Matheson and Jim Grieve drop the ceremonial puck

The present-day Winterhawks took full control of the game from the outset, even if the goals didn’t come right away.

                                                                             First face-off

Trent Hawke opened the scoring at 14:15 of the first, with assists to Mike Johnstone and Andy Fracz.Miles MacLean followed it up by ripping a shot past Lucknow goaltender Collin Brown to make it 2-0 Winterhawks, with assists to Luke Pither and Medric Mercier.The Lancers got one back, but MacLean then got a knuckling puck past Brown to make it a 3-1 score for the Winterhawks after one.

                                                               Lancers get one back

Lucknow got back to within one to open the second period, but it was all Winterhawks after that.Southampton native Matt Shields got one on home ice from Logan Freiburger and Chad Jones to make it 4-2 before the floodgates opened to end the second period.Fracz, Freiburger, MacLean and Mike Fiegehen all scored within 1:51 to give the Winterhawks an 8-2 lead after two periods.Shields, Fiegehen and Lauchlin Elder added to the score in the 3rd period to give the Winterhawks an 11-2 victory.Clayton Fritsch picked up the win in goal in his Winterhawks debut, despite not being terribly busy as the Winterhawks outshot Lucknow 54-17 on the night, he kept the team in the game.

                     Goalie Clayton Fritsch makes his debut

Shields was named The Wismer House Player of the Game with two goals and one assist.The Winterhawks have won six games in a row and nine of their last 10 games to put themselves in a tie for second place in the WOAA standings with the Minto 81’s.They will be scoreboard watching until next Saturday night, January 28th, when they travel to Ripley for a pivotal game against the Wolves that will go a long way to determining playoff positioning. Game time in Ripley is 7:00 p.m.

The regular season comes to an end the following night, Sunday January 29th, when the Winterhawks host a “home” game in Owen Sound at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayshore against the Shelburne Muskies.