QUICK START HELPS FALCONS WIN OVER BLACKHAWKS

IHSA SENIOR A LEAGUE - Round 3 - Game 1

Falcons 5 - Blackhawks 1

The Falcons jumped off to a three goal lead in the first period and went on to dump the Blackhawks 5 - 1 in Senior A Grade play last week.

Beth Kavanagh opened the scoring early into the contest, and then two unassisted markers by James Hearne put the Falcons in the driver’s seat at the end of the opening frame.

Hearne scored again in the third period to get his hat trick, with team mate Tristan Reese adding a single tally to round out the scoring for the winners.

“I was very pleased with the new mix of players, who all looked pretty good for a group who had never played together. Our goalie Seb Woodlands made some big saves and that certainly contributed to our win”, said an optimistic Falcons Coach Darren Stockburger.

Falcons’ defenseman Sean Castellano is expected to miss several weeks with a strained AC joint, while Beth Kavanagh raised concerns after hitting her head on the ice, but despite a post-game headache she expects to be back in the line-up next week.

Liam York scored late in the third period for the Blackhawks, converting a nice pass from Braedon Murray, spoiling the shutout bid by Woodlands in the Falcons goal.

Woodlands stopped 27 shots to record the win, while Sam Poole stopped 25 of 30 shots fired his way in the Hawks goal.

GAME SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SCORING - Falcons - 15:22 - Beth Kavanagh (T. Reese): Falcons - 2:36 - James Hearne (unassisted): Falcons - 1:36 - James Hearne (unassisted)

PENALTIES - Falcons - 14:39 Kirsty Venus (Interference)

2nd PERIOD

SCORING - Falcons - 11:20 - Tristan Reese (B. Kavanagh)

PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 16:57 - James Manna(Hooking): Falcons - 13:53 - Tristan Reese (Roughing)

3rd PERIOD

SCORING - Falcons - 11:20 - James Hearne (R. Bloomfield): Blackhawks - 7:04 - Liam York (B. Murray)

PENALTIES - Blackhawks - 15:19 - Phil Careswell (High Sticking): Falcons - 7:56 - Raphael Russell - Livingston (Body Checking): Blackhawks - 2:00 - Sam Poole (Tripping)

SHOTS ON GOAL 1st 2nd 3rd Total

Blackhawks 7 11 10 28

Falcons 10 10 10 30

GOALKEEPERS - Blackhawks - Sam Poole: Falcons - Seb Woodlands

GAME OFFICIALS - Referee - David Gal: Linesmen - Jamie Holland & Ian Hunter

Scorer - Nicola Reese: Time Keeper - Matt Wegener

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