In a dramatic upset, Hamlin toppled Sioux Valley in a hard-fought battle between Dakota Valley and Sioux Falls Christian on Thursday night, with the Hawks edging out the Cossacks to take the win.
The contest between the two sides was a difficult affair, with both squads displaying technical proficiency and a strong defensive presence. Hamlin was able to seize the initiative late in the game, however, and ultimately claim the victory.
The Hawks got off to a good start, scoring the game’s first goal shortly after kickoff. Sioux Valley responded, however, and the two teams traded goals throughout the first half. At the break, the score was knotted at two apiece.
In the second half, the Cossacks seemed to gain the upper hand, as they began to dominate possession and put the Hawks under increasing pressure. Despite their best efforts, though, Sioux Valley could not break the deadlock, and with less than 10 minutes remaining, Hamlin seized their chance.
The Hawks’ game-winning goal was a thing of beauty – a curling shot from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner of the net. In the end, it was enough to see them home, as they held on to claim a 3-2 win.
The victory was a huge boost for Hamlin, who had been struggling of late. The Hawks will now look to build on their momentum as they take on their next opponents.