The Lac la Hache Tomahawks finished the regular season with a couple of back-to-back losses last weekend.
It forced them to settle for third place in the East division and sixth overall in the Central Interior Hockey League.
The Hawks dove to a 6-4 loss on Jan. 11 in an away game with division champs Williams Lake Stampeders, after maintaining an even balance throughout most of the contest. In the final two minutes, the Stamps poured on the steam for a couple of quick goals and the victory.
In a home game with Terrace River Kings at the Rolf Zeis Memorial Arena on Jan. 12, the score was tied 7-7 near the end of the third period, but the final two minutes reared up to bite them again with Terrace scoring two goals and taking a 9-7 win.
“We spent our energy on Friday night and Terrace was fresher,” says Hawks coach Al Navrot.
“Someone made a mistake in the last minutes and mistakes can be deadly.”
With nine straight losses, the bottom half of the season has been a rough go for the Hawks who were 6-1-1 out of the blocks at the start of the season.
“It’s difficult to stay focused and stay strong when that happens, and I’m really proud of the guys. They kept their commitment.”
He says the adversity has made them a stronger team and they’re prepared for playoffs, which begin at the end of January or beginning of February.
“We’ll have everybody showing up and playing strong. They’re game.”