On November 27th, known as Giving Tuesday, the U17 Midget hawks made a big impact in the Winnipeg community donating a total of $525 to the Children’s Hospital. This donation had a special connection to the Hawks team with their own player Kasen Andrushko.
Kasen was born with a very rare condition called Glycogen Storage Disease 1a which affects his blood sugar levels and can end up being life threatening if not managed correctly on a daily basis. The Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg has been involved with the Aundrushko family since Kasen was only 8 months old. When asked about the impact the hospital has had on Kasen’s life Dayna, mom of Kasen, says “They have helped so much, essentially saving his life and teaching us as a family how to manage his care.” With the care and guidance of the hospital Kasen has been able to live life to the fullest playing sports and exceed in school. In addition to being able to play sports and live a normal life Kasen was chosen to be the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital’s Champion Child for the years of 2012-2013. This title made him the spokesperson for the hospital speaking at special events and also traveling to Ottawa and Florida to represent all of the children at the hospital.
For the past 15 years, the Andrushko family helps out the hospital by running their own toy drive and makes a donation to the hospital to help further the research the hospital does. This year another mother on the Hawks team suggested to Kasen’s mom Dayna that they take the proceeds from one of the team’s 50/50 sales and donate it to the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. With the rest of the team on board, they ended up selling $350 worth of tickets meaning they had a $175 donation to give the hospital. After Dayna contacted a friend at the Children’s Hospital, she was joyed to find out that there was a campaign going on where two anonymous donors would be matching the amount donated. This brought the Hawks donation total up to $525 which was brought to the hospital in person.
Thank you to the Hawks and the Andrushko family for their amazing work in helping out the Winnipeg community.
If you would like to help the Andrushko's with their toy drive, please see list of donations below and bring all donations to the Hockey Winnipeg offices located at 1100 Waverley Street Unit 3.
With the U17 Prep season under way the Hawks took on the Warriors at the Seven Oaks Complex on Sunday October 21st. The game started off physical and that theme carried through the whole game. With the physical battle in full force the Warriors were able gain an edge over the Hawks and strike first with a goal from Brandon Slobozian. The battle between the two teams intensified and tempers started to boil over with the Warriors giving the Hawks a power play that would turn out to be deadly. With a blast form the half wall the Hawks Logan Clarke found the back of the net. The rest of the period carried on with the same tone and ended with both teams knotted at one goal each.
The Warriors came out hungry to start the second and were able to strike under two minutes into the period when Connor Davis of the Warriors put one past the Hawks goalie Carter Ullett to take a 2-1. The Hawks took exception to this goal and struck back quickly with a goal of their own. Dante Staples found the twine and evened up the score at 2 goals each. The physicality from the first period continued on and continued to raise the intensity of the game. This intensity once again leads to a power play, but this time it was the Warriors who benefitted by pouncing and making the Hawks pay with Brandon Slobozian’s second goal of the game. The second period ends with the Warriors leading the Hawks by a score of 3-2.
With the Hawks trailing they needed to step it up in the third to try and win or send the game to overtime. The Hawks caught a break with the Warriors having a hard time staying out of the penalty box. With the Warriors spending a majority of the third period in the penalty box, the Hawks were not able to score on any of their power plays. With time in the game winding down the Hawks needed to score to extend the game. With just under 2 minutes left, the Hawks pull their goalie for the extra attacker. The Hawks were able to pin the Warriors in the defensive zone and off of a point shot a scramble broke out with everyone on the ice buzzing around. Through the huge group of players around the net poking at the puck, Kolden Schwenzer was able to slide the puck behind Michael O’Sullivan the Warriors goalie. With everything tied up at 3 goals each overtime was needed.
The 3 on 3 overtime started and right away it turns into a track meet with each team going end to end. Both teams had their chances throughout the overtime period but the Hawks are able to convert. Hawks forward Jordan Donald put one behind the Warriors goaltender to end the sudden death period and giving the Hawks a 4-3 win.