April 11, 2010
FLC Sky Hawks faced off against Nebraska’s Creighton University Jays Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. Freshman Fred Waddle hit the Jays net in the first minute to give the Hawks an electrifying start to the game. Just four minute later Waddle dodged past 2 Creighton defenders to make it 2-0. Senior Attackman Erik Johnson then dished out 2 pinpoint feeds to the darting Waddle to make it 4-0 to close the first quarter.
Waddle controlled the faceoff to start the second quarter, drove straight down and scored again in just 20 seconds. Waddle’s goal ignited a scoring explosion in the second quarter with goals by Johnson, Harkey (2), defenseman Bock, and another tally by Waddle. Bock’s goal was the most exciting of the day, as he ran the length of the field, toed the crease, then lifted his 6 foot pole high overhead to zing the ball past the Jay’s keeper.
With a comfortable lead, the Hawks then settled down to play a complete game with Waddle and Bob Berding dominating the faceoffs, the FLC attack and middies were riding tough creating numerous turnovers, and the defense behind goalie Cullen Bilgrav effectively clearing the ball . Defensemen Jon Bock and Matt Cawley were particularly effective on the field vacuuming 23 ground balls between the 2 of them.
Up 11 to 1 at the start of the second half, the Hawks lost some of their concentration resulting in 6 penalties, which created in 3 man up goals by the Jays, with only 2 goals by Johnson and Waddle for the Hawks.
With a renewed focus going into the 4th quarter all of the players on the Hawks roster were able to see significant playing time. Goals by Harkey (2) and Johnson lifted the Hawks to a 16-8 final score against the visiting Jays.
The Hawks host Colorado School of Mines next Friday at 7 PM, and then Western State on Sunday at 12 Noon.