Sarah Hunt

Nighthawks Get Shut Out by Steelers

Ty Dilello

The Niverville Nighthawks lost a tough defensive struggle by a 1–0 score to the Selkirk Steelers on Friday night at the CRRC. With the loss, the Nighthawks stay in fourth place in the MJHL’s East Division with a record of 27–24–4.

It was a defensive struggle for both teams, with neither club able to capitalize on the contest’s countless power plays. The teams played to a scoreless first period before Selkirk got one past goalminder Raiden LeGall midway through the second frame.

Niverville couldn’t score the rest of the way. LeGall stopped 23 shots in goal.

“It was a playoff-type game,” said Nighthawks head coach Dwight Hirst. “It was our own game that prevented us from getting on the scoreboard, but Selkirk acted like their season was on the line and we walked the line.”

The Steelers now move to just one point back of the Nighthawks for the final playoff spot in the MJHL with just three regular season games remaining.

The Nighthawks are back in action with a road game tonight against the Winnipeg Freeze. The puck drops at 6:00 p.m.

“To get our offence going again, we need to get to the hard areas of the ice and know that it’s going to be tough in those areas.”