Hawks even up CJHL final

DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

HAWKESBURY -- It took extra work, but the Hawkesbury Hawks were able to even their CJHL final with the Nepean Raiders last night. Mathieu Picard chipped a rebound past goalie Ian Dams with 2:09 left in the first overtime period to give the Hawks a 6-5 victory.

"It wasn't that pretty, but tonight we were able to find a way to get that W," said Hawks coach Eric Veilleux, whose team lost Game 1 by a 5-4 count. "Maybe it hasn't been the type of hockey everybody was expecting ... We're happy, but tomorrow is another day."

Sean Smyth, Tom Mele, Joe Gianetti, Martin Beauine and Massimo Alfiere also scored for Hawkesbury.

Jared Ross, Emmond Bell, Brandon Edge, Mathew Oke and Tim Marks scored for Nepean.

Game 3 of the series is tomorrow at the Steve Yzerman Arena (7:30 p.m.).

Raiders coach Chris Byrne said his team has to improve on its penalty killing. Nepean has allowed three power-play goals in each of the first two games.

"Maybe some bounces went against us tonight that went our way previously," he said. "And we need a little more composure and discipline."

Beauine's goal 50 seconds into the third, with Hawkesbury enjoying a man advantage, was the final shot to beat either goalie in regulation.

Hawkesbury's Ilia Ejov took over for starting goalie Mitch O'Keefe late in the second and shut the Raiders down the rest of the way.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com

Hawks 6

Raiders (OT) 5

CJHL final tied 1-1


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