While the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks took care of business last weekend, they were also fortunate recipients of help from elsewhere in the WOAA Sr. Hockey League.
The Winterhawks entered last weekend sitting in 8th place, but vaulted themselves into 7th with a dominating 13-2 win over the Elora Rocks on Friday night.
Head Coach Jim Grieve said it was a complete effort from his team.
“When you have a game like that, you have to look at ‘did we play 60 minutes, was there good habits and was there good work ethic,'” said Grieve. “And I think the we can say ‘yes’ to all three of those.”
With Saturday (Jan. 13th) night off, the Winterhawks took to scoreboard watching, with five teams around them all in action.
The 6th-place Petrolia Squires fell 5-2 to the Milverton Four Wheel Drives and 9th-place Huron East Centenaires gave the Clinton Radars a good battle, but fell 5-2 to the undefeated Radars.
The shocker of the night was the 5th place Shelburne Muskies falling 4-3 to the Lucknow Lancers to remain at 18 points on the season.
When the dust settled, the standings were tighter than ever, with just five points separating 5th from 10th.
The Winterhawks remained within three points of the Muskies and just one point back of the Squires, who each have two games remaining in the season, while the Winterhawks still have four games to play.
Behind them, Milverton jumped into 8th place in a tie with Shallow Lake, though Milverton holds the tiebreaker by virtue of having played fewer games, but would also currently gain the tiebreaker at the end of the season through goals-for/against, assuming the two teams would finish with the same amount of wins.
Going forward, the Winterhawks have put themselves in a position to move as high as 5th place by the end of this weekend.
It all starts off this Friday night at The Plex, as the Winterhawks host the Lancers at 8:30 p.m.
Grieve said his team will be ready for a battle, especially with Lucknow coming off an upset victory on Saturday.
“We had a good up-tempo practice this week, we’re taking nothing for granted and we’ll be ready when Lucknow comes in,” said Grieve.
Following the game with Lucknow, the Winterhawks hit the road to Shallow Lake on Saturday (Jan. 20th) to face the Crushers.
It will still be a weekend of scoreboard watching, as a busy schedule is on tap across the league.
On Friday night, as part of a six-game schedule, Shallow Lake will be visiting Durham, Petrolia will be hosting Tavistock, and Milverton hosts Huron East.
Saturday will see two huge games of playoff importance, as Petrolia will be in Seaforth to face Huron East and Shelburne will be hosting Milverton.
By the end of the weekend, the playoff picture could be much clearer, or it could be murkier than ever.
Standings – 5th through 10th
|7. SAUGEEN SHORES||16||7||8||1||15|
|9. SHALLOW LAKE||18||7||11||0||14|
|10. HURON EAST||17||6||10||1||13|
1/19 vs Lucknow
1/20 at Shallow Lake
1/27 vs Milverton
1/28 at Clinton
1/20 vs Milverton
1/27 at Huron East
1/19 vs Tavistock
1/28 at Milverton
1/19 vs Huron East
1/20 at Shelburne
1/27 at Saugeen Shores
1/28 vs Petrolia
1/19 at Durham
1/20 vs Saugeen Shores
1/19 at Milverton
1/20 vs Petrolia
1/27 vs Shelburne