Thunderhawks Happy With Team’s Strong Start

Jake Vancoille Wallaceburg Thunderhawks

Wallaceburg Thunderhawks forward Jake Vancoille battles for a puck in their home opener – Photo by the Wheatley Sharks

The Wallaceburg Thunderhawks are off to a strong start, both on the ice and in the stands.

After dropping their season opener 2-0 to the Blenheim Blades on the road, the Thunderhawks, who have played as the Wallaceburg Lakers since the 1970s until this season, won their home opener 2-1 against the Wheatley Sharks.

“We have a very young team, one we really like, feel very comfortable with, one with the competitiveness we require in order to grow, mature and move forward competitively,” said Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel Ray Pavey of the Thunderhawks’ roster.

As promising as the Thunderhawks’ early season performance on the ice has been, the organization was also thrilled with the crowd that showed up for the team’s new Saturday night home games.

“It was an amazing atmosphere on Saturday night and the players were ecstatic,” said Pavey of the 322 fans who attended their opener, which was more than Dresden and Wheatley’s respective home openers.

“If we continue to put a competitive team on the ice we are confident in our fan base, we know they are hungry for a competitive team, and if we continue to work hard both on and off the ice, they will continue to come out and support.”

Wallaceburg hosts Mooretown for a rare Wednesday night home game September 25 at 7:30pm, and will welcome the Lakeshore Canadiens this coming Saturday for an 8:00pm puck drop.

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