The hockey gods can be fickle sometimes.
On Friday night in Elora, the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks thoroughly embarrassed the Elora Rocks at home, pumping 72 shots on goal, winning by a 7-1 margin.
Not 24 hours later, another solid effort with nearly 50 shots on goal in Seaforth, but no offence to be found, as the Huron East Centenaires shutout the Winterhawks, 3-0.
Head Coach Jim Grieve said after Saturday’s loss that it’s getting hard to explain why the offence has been drying up this season, given the depth of offensive talent in the lineup each night.
“Maybe we’re not driving the net as much as we should, maybe it was just the drain of a couple road games, it’s hard to say,” said Grieve. “We just have to learn from this and get ready for the next one.”
With regular starter Jeff Flagler unavailable in Seaforth, Grieve turned to Matt Tutin to guard the Winterhawks net, the first start for Tutin in a Winterhawks uniform.
Huron East scored early on a breakaway and nearly scored again moments later when an excited Tutin went for a flying pokecheck, only to have the Centenaries player ring one off the iron.
He settled down from there, making 36 saves, giving his team a chance to win and winning over Grieve in the process.
“He played well, he played a great game once he settled down and he gave us what we needed,” said Grieve. “No issues there.”
After two on the road last weekend, the Winterhawks will split next weekend, starting out Friday night at home against the Shallow Lake Crushers.
The Winterhawks laid a 9-0 spanking on the Crushers in Shallow Lake on Oct. 20th, and Grieve knows the Crushers will be looking to return the favour at The Plex.
Given the Winterhawks 3-3-1 record, Grieve also admits the team can’t afford many more missteps as the season nears the halfway point.
“Every point is important from here on in, we’ll be up for it,” said Grieve. “Hopefully we can get another win and get on a roll.”
Following the home game on Friday, the Winterhawks will head back out on the road, visiting the much-improved Shelburne Muskies on Saturday.
After finishing last season in 11th place with a 7-11-2 record, Shelburne has come flying out of the gate with a 6-3-0 record to start the season.
The game in Shelburne starts at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.