Thunderhawks Go Down Swinging

Goalie fight

Thunderhawks goaltender Nolan Hakr and Kings Connor Ogg give
each other a pat on the back after their scrap last night in Wallaceburg. Hakr was
appearing in his final home game of a solid Junior career – Photo by Wyatt Williams/

By Wyatt Williams

Wallaceburg’s final home game of the 2019-20 season had no importance for them (other than pride) as they tried to play spoiler for the Dresden Kings.

Dresden however was hungry for a point to move them ahead the Blenheim Blades for seventh spot.

Dresden came out of the gate hard and 48 seconds into the game were rewarded with a goal by Noah Fox. The Thunderhawks tied the game one minute past the halfway mark when Josh Remsik scored. The Kings would regain the lead at 13:47 on a goal by Jace Leach.

The Thunderhawks started the second period with a goal at the 3:13 by Austin Rajsigl to tie the game at 2-2. However, four minutes later the Kings regained the lead when Chandler Glassford found the back of the net. Dresden again had a strong start in the 3 rd and scored 37 seconds in, this time it was Brantley Kuipers. This game was possibly the last game of Thunderhawks goaltender Nolan Hakr’s junior career, and he didn’t go down without a fight, and I mean that literally. At the 3:29 mark during a stoppage due to a skirmish, he called on Kings goaltender Conner Ogg, who accepted the challenge. Hakr bolted down ice and the met, exchanged punches, had a takedown, and then after the linesman intervened the two congratulated each other and left the ice with the fans wildly cheering.

Wallaceburg’s Brody Fraleigh scored to bring his team to within one at the 10:22 mark. Two minutes later Dresden’s Tanner Cole restored their two-goal lead. At 16:41 Josh Remsik scored his second of the night to bring his team to within one. This is how the game would end with the score at 5-4 in favour of the Kings.

Wallaceburg lost their season finale 1-0 to Amherstburg Monday.

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