After a weekend off, the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks will look to continue their winning ways, but will have to go through a fierce rival.
The Winterhawks host the Durham Thundercats on Friday night, in a pivotal battle between two teams with a long history, and only a few points separating them in the standings.
A five-game winning streak will be on the line for the Winterhawks, who last saw the ice on December 9th, defeating the Minto 81’s by a 5-2 score.
Durham has been red-hot as well, reeling off at least a point in their last nine-consecutive games, a 7-0-2 record during that span, with overtime losses to Minto and Milverton their only blemishes.
The Thundercats enter the game in 3rd place in the WOAA Sr. Hockey League standings with 20 points, the Winterhawks just three points behind them at 17 points, but with two games in hand.
The Winterhawks will have a re-enforcement arriving for the game on Friday, as veteran defenceman Nick Quaid has re-signed with the team and is expected to make his season debut.
While the rivalry will be hot on the ice, it will also be a chance to do some good off the ice, as game sponsor The Wismer House is teaming up with the Winterhawks and Outlaw Brew Co.
We will be hosting the Five Buck Food Drive, with ballots available for $5 each, supporting the Living Hope Christian Centre Christmas food bank.
The ballots will be entered in a raffle to be drawn during the 2nd intermission, with the grand prize a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets (with one night hotel accommodation).
- For full details, see the Facebook post.
The jostling for playoff positioning will continue this weekend, and likely right up until the conclusion of the regular season in late January.
Clinton and Ripley have pulled away from the pack and are battling it out for 1st overall, while the next eight teams are within five points of each other.
Durham and Petrolia sit tied for 3rd with 20 points, Minto is 5th with 19 points, the Winterhawks and Tavistock are tied for 6th at 17 points, while Shelburne and Tillsonburg are tied for the 8th-and-final playoff spot at 16 points.
The Elora Rocks are firmly in the mix in 10th place with 15 points, while Huron East remains in the race, but struggling at 13 points, thanks to a four-game losing streak.
The weekend will get no easier for the Winterhawks, who will travel to Kincardine on Saturday evening to tangle with the Ripley Wolves, with a 5:00 p.m. scheduled start.