By Megan Roth
The Senior Hawks returned to the White Mud Hockey league this season after a five year absence.
The Hawks had a rough start to their season on Saturday night, losing their first home game to Shaunavon 6-2.
The team didn’t fare much better in their first game of the season in Cabri against the Bulldogs, losing 7-3.
Coach Lenny Rodin says right now the guys are not yet in game shape.
“We have quite a few kids who haven’t played senior hockey before. They haven’t played as a team before this,” Rodin said.
The Hawks’ Scott Bolland scored the first goal of the game assisted by Nick Gillies and Rob Parkinson just minutes into the first period.
The Hawks were unable to keep the Badgers off the score board and the first period ended 2-1 with the Badgers in the lead.
The Hawks were able to get one more in the net just seconds after the Badgers made the first goal of the second period.
Bolland once again made the goal with Parkinson and Kyle Harty making the assist.
The hawks were trailing at the end of the second 4-2.
“Our first line played pretty well, but it’s obvious we need help from our imports,” Rodin said.
The coach says every team in the league has brought in “imported” players to help the team.
“I hope the fans understand we need these imports to help our kids out,” Rodin said.
The Hawks had trouble keeping the Badgers at bay in the third period, allowing two more goals in the final frame.
About half way through the final period the Badgers failed to score on a penalty shot. For the rest of the period the Hawks kept the Badgers from widening their lead.
“Every team’s first line is going to be tough,” said Rodin.
The game ended with a 6-2 win for the Badgers.
Before the team’s next game, Rodin said they will be working on conditioning, skating and breakout.
“Coming out of our own end was a problem. There were too many turnovers,” Rodin said.
The Hawks will play the Leader Flyers on Nov. 13 at home. The game against the Cabri Bulldogs on Nov. 14 has been cancelled and will be made up later in the season.