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Character of Young Hawks Team Gets Tested Early

By Willie Monteiro, 12/04/11, 5:18PM CST


In the last two games Cooper has been outscored 16 - 1 in non-conference matches featuring opponents that are not the caliber of skill and quality of teams they will have to face in conference play later this season.  Quite simply, it's already gut check time.  The Hawks are going to have to find a way to settle down their fundamental play in order to become more competitive. Losing is certainly no fun & getting embarrased even worse so. Desire can only go so far. Conditioning,skill, execution and teamwork have to click together to make things work better for this young squad.  Minneapolis came in with speed and were able to move the puck around well enough in the offensive zone to create many scoring chances, seven of which were successful. The Hawks scored a single goal on a hard upper shelf snipe by Tom Monteiro on a nice pass from Jay Tonsager.  Unfortunately that was virtually all the Hawks would produce in a game where play was not as lopsided as the score, but was certainly less than even. The Hawks get a little break after starting the season with a three game week. Play for the Hawks resumes next Thursday when they travel to Shakopee. In the mean time, they'll get a chance to work on some fundamentals in their systems that will help them execute better moving forward.