The Winchester Hawks welcomed the Arnprior Packers to the Joel Steele Community Centre on Fri., Dec. 20, in the CCHL2. The Hawks newest forward, Noah Fraser (26) sneaks around the Packers’ defence and has a great scoring opportunity against the Packers’ goalie, Cameron Scott. Scott won this battle and the game, as the Packers took the game in overtime 4-3. Moore photo

WINCHESTER—The Winchester Hawks played a single game this past weekend as they welcomed the Arnprior Packers on Friday night for their last game heading into the holiday break.

Packers 4 Hawks 3 (OT)

The Winchester Hawks welcomed the Arnprior Packers to the Joel Steele Community Centre on Fri., Dec. 20, in the CCHL2. The Hawks went into the game in fifth place in the Martin Division, six points behind the Casselman Vikings in fourth and four points ahead of the Char-Lan Rebels in sixth. The Packers sat in fifth place in the Richardson Division with a sub .500 record. 

The Hawks opened the scoring when Kyle Kuehni scored his 12th goal of the season at 13:23 of the first period from Ryan Nielson and Eric Vitale on the power play. The Packers tied the game at 16:31 and the teams took a one-all draw into the first intermission. 

The Packers scored the lone goal of the second period at 10:50 and took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. The Hawks tied the game when Vitale scored his 19th of the season from Colby Schroeder and Kuehni at 6:40 of the third period. 

The Packers retook the lead at 13:29 on the power play but the Hawks got back to even when Kuehni scored his second of the game and 13th of the season from Nielson at 16:47.

Neither team was able to notch the game-winner before time expired in regulation so the game headed to a five-minute three-on three overtime frame. 

In the overtime, the Packers picked up the extra point at 2:11 taking the game 4-3. The Hawks and Packers were tied in shots on goal at 47 each. Suffering the loss in the Hawks’ goal was Lucas Devries making 43 saves.

Up next

The Winchester Hawks travel to the Billy Gebbie Arena in Alexandria to take on the Glens on Fri., Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. and then to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown on Sat., Jan. 4, to take on the Char-Lan Rebels at 8 p.m.

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