The NSWC A1 have continued their impressive December run in Tier 1 with wins against #2 ranked Richmond (3-2) and Abby (6-1) in advance of showdowns against #5 ranked Seafair (7-2-1) and #1 ranked Coquitlam (9-1-1) this weekend.
Two wins with sporties would put the Winterhawks in a tie for first with the Chiefs, and ahead of them in the standings based on head to head.
Though posting the best record in the league so far, the Chiefs have lately been sailing in rough waters. They lost to Ridge Meadows 3-2 on Dec 8, tied Seafair 3-3 on Dec 15, and narrowly defeated last place Langley (0-7-2), 6-5 on Dec. 16.
Seafair has also been on a bit of a roller coaster. In addition to the 3-3 tie against Coquitlam, the team lost to Ridge Meadows 3-2 on Dec 3.
The Winterhawks in contrast have won five in a row, including wins against #2 Ridge Meadows, and #3 Richmond.
The Hawks backend is the stingiest in the league, surrendering just 12 GA in 10 games.
Third year veteran goalie Johnnie Donohoe and bantam aged goalie Cole Demers, have allowed just 5 GA in the past 5 games.
The return of third year D Gavin Dunster has further shored up the defence, and has also benefitted the offense, as the move has permitted Brett Andrews to move up to his natural position at centre.
Since Andrews has moved up three games ago, the Hawks have scored more than half of their 9 game goal total. Andrews and rookie F Alex Uryga seem to have found a groove on the top line and added much needed scoring punch to the lineup.
The D are fronted by third years, Justin Pouliot, Gavin Dunster and Christian Gacina, second years Wyatt Versluis and Andre Margo and first year James McIntosh.
Goal scoring has been improving and is pretty evenly spread between the top two lines, with first years Desi Burgart and Alex Uryga narrowly leading the goal production and Trevor Wilson and Justin Pouliot contributing the most assists.
The team plays Seafair at home on Dec 20 and in Coquitlam on Dec 22.
Update: Seafair gets best of Hawks Friday night, 2-1.