BY TERRY BRIDGE
WALKERTON – The Walkerton Hawks have added a local defenceman in their quest for a sixth-straight Western Junior C Hockey League championship.
Atwood’s Joel Bowman, 20, was traded to the club and made his regular-season debut against his old team, the Wingham Ironmen, on Friday, Nov. 16.
Bowman was one of four players exchanged in a flurry of activity before the Ironmen and Hawks faced each other in Wingham that night. Drayton forward Dylan Bults and Kincardine goalie Keegan Woodman were sent to Wingham, while Bowman and Chesley goalie Justin Hammond arrived in the Hawks’ nest.
Walkerton won 7-2. The next night at home in Walkerton against the Hanover Barons, Bowman scored a power-play goal in the third period, assisted by Palmerston’s Wade Pfeffer. The Hawks scored three times in the period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 victory.
Last weekend the Hawks picked up three more wins against Mitchell, Mount Forest and Hanover, improving their first-place record to 15-2-2. Bowman picked up a short-handed goal and a power-play assist against Mount Forest.
Last season he scored seven goals and added 12 assists in 25 games for Wingham, his first year in the WJCHL. Prior to that he played in 152 regular-season and playoff games with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Listowel Cyclones from 2008-11, registering 68 points.
Walkerton’s next game is at home on Friday, Nov. 30 against Mount Forest.