I am a Hawk parent (2023) but am friendly with some 2022 parents and maybe can shed light on this?
The thought is that they won Young Guns and when they did lose to top teams...a lot of 1-2 goal games. They added 2 of the better Cannons players which not only strengthened Hawks but worsened a top competitor. They also added anothee strong attackman. They kept a really good defense together and added another really good goalie so they have 2 AA starting caliber goalies.
I have no idea what this means overall because I don't know 2022 well enough but THEY feel they are much better and my 2 eyes see it too. Now like I said, I don't know if this team is first or last but they are bettee