Remi Drouin, Sports Reporter
Coach Brett McCully was far happier after the latest tournament per- formance by his Humber Hawks men’s extramural hockey team than he was in their previous outing two weeks earlier.
The George Brown Huskies were the eventual champions when they beat the Canadore Panthers 4-3.
The Hawks were bounced 4-2 in the semi-finals by the Huskies after winning their first four games Nov. 14 and 15 at the Humber North Tournament at Westwood Arena in Etobicoke.
“The guys had a rough tournament a couple weeks ago,” McCully said about Humber’s quarter-final elimination two weeks earlier in a tournament in Orillia.
“They definitely turned it around,” he said. “It’s an improvement from our last tournament, you know there’s some positives we can take with us moving forward and I think we’ll be better for it.”
Humber opened the tournament with a 9-0 trouncing of the Centennial Colts and then beat the Panthers 5-0.
“I really liked the intensity we brought, we noticed early on that their goalie seemed a bit shaky so we knew we had to get as many pucks on net as we could,” said centre Tim Payne.
Humber capped the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 7-0 win over the Durham Lords, going undefeated and not allowing a goal through three games.
The Hawks next task was taking down the University of Toronto Mis- sissauga Friday afternoon in what was a nail-biter to the very end.
The game went three periods without a goal, requiring a shootout to settle matters.
In round one, centre Tim Payne rifled a shot past the UTM net- minder putting the Hawks up one. Both UTM shooters denied by Humber goalie Travis Hebert, and it was up to forward Mitchell Harknett to finish off the game for the Hawks.
After his initial shot, Hark- nett may or may not have double touched the puck before it crossed the goal line. The official ruled it a goal in what was a controversial decision between fans and players.
“I didn’t get a good look but all that really matters is we got the win,” Payne said. “Whenever a bounce goes your way you just have to be thankful and keep moving forward.”
With that, Humber advanced to the semi-finals against George Brown.
The Huskies got off to a quick 2-0 lead until Humber stormed back to tie the game at two.
George Brown scored again to take the lead 3-2, with time winding down, Humber pushed hard.
The Hawks came inches within scoring but couldn’t convert and George Brown scored an empty-net goal to eliminate Humber.