Ty Dilello

Neepawa Gets the Best of Nighthawks Again

Ty Dilello – Niverville Citizen

For the second straight game, the Neepawa Titans have gotten the best of the Niverville Nighthawks. On Saturday night, they doubled them up by a 6–3 count. With the loss, the Nighthawks stay in fourth place in the MJHL’s East Division with a record of 12–9–1.

Neepawa quickly jumped out to a 3–0 lead by the halfway point of the first period, and it looked like they were going to run away with things.

The Nighthawks bounced back in a big way in the second period with three unanswered goals to tie the game. Michael Tanchak scored twice, while Kaycee Coyle had the other tally.

In the third period, the Nighthawks had their chances, but ultimately it was the Titans who pulled away with a trio of goals late in the game.

Keegan Gordon stopped 28 shots for the Nighthawks in the loss.

“I thought we had a tough start tonight,” said Nighthawks forward and assistant captain Kyle Bochek. “We rallied back to tie it up and played just a solid second period all around. We obviously would’ve liked a better result, but to come back from three down and tie it says a lot about our group.”

Bochek has been one of the many bright spots on this year’s Nighthawks squad. The 20-year-old forward currently has 15 points in 22 games.

“This season has been flying by already,” said Bochek. “We’ve had our struggles as of late, but every team goes through adversity. We’ve got a really good, tight group here. And I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far. It’s only going to get better.”

The Nighthawks are back in action for the third act in their trilogy with the Neepawa Titans on Wednesday, November 22 at the CRRC. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.