The Chicago Hawks Squirt 7 team traveled to Madison, WI, over the holiday weekend to play in the Big Bear Polar Vortex Tournament. The Hawks skated to a hard-fought 3-3 tie on Friday night against the Rolling Meadows Renegades. In the first game of the double header on Saturday, the offense caught fire and the Hawks cruised to an easy 15-1 victory over the Naperville Sabres. That afternoon, the Hawks faced off against the Arctic Jr Fury and the game could not have been more intense. Tied 1-1 with 10 seconds left, the Hawks gained possession of the puck and entered the Fury zone. A hard wrist shot from Defenseman Peter McFadden couldn’t be handled by the Fury goalie, and the ensuing rebound was tipped in by Madison Bozue with 1 second to play for a Hawks 2-1 win!! Led by Goalie Chris McDevitt, along with the blue line pairs of McFadden and Caraher, Drai and Burgstone, the Hawks earned their spot in the finals on Sunday.
For Championship Sunday on the big stage at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena, the Hawks were again matched up against the Arctic Jr. Fury. Led by the aggressive center play of Frankie Zimmer and Giancarlo Munaretto, the Hawks came out blazing with two goals in the first period. Wingers Larsen, Kenary, Bozue, Brown, Joutras and Kenny applied the pressure to keep the Hawks in the Fury zone for the majority of the contest. A late goal by the Fury made things tense in the 3rd period, but the Hawks would not be denied as Winger Evan Larsen iced the game with a top-shelf wrister that got by the Fury goaltender. Tournament MVP Chris McDevitt put on a show all weekend in net yet again and was the backbone of the Squirt 7 team for our 4-2 in victory to win the Big Bear Polar Vortex tournament.