The Prince Albert Icehawks’ play is trending up as they wrap up a three-game home stand this weekend in the PJHL.
“If we keep focusing and playing into our system like we did over the last eight periods, we’ll be fine,” Icehawks head coach Kim Dryka said. “We’ve just got to come play 60 minutes and hopefully it falls into our hands.
The Icehawks are coming off a 3-0 loss to the North division leading Saskatoon Royals Wednesday night. Dryka said the team performed well that night despite the loss.
“We knew we were going to be in tight against the Royals,” Dryka said.
After a scoreless first period Wednesday night, David Yuzyk got the Royals on the board with 6:58 to play in the second. In the third, Brett Armstrong and Dylan Johner each found the back of the net to give the Royals a 3-0 win.
“(The boys) had a lot of chances to score, we just didn’t capitalize on them,” Drkya said. “Overall, the effort was there and (we’re) pretty proud of the boys.”
Royals goaltender Liam McOnie stopped all 31 shots faced to earn his first shutout of the season. The win improved his record to 6-0 on the season. Dryka said McOnie stood tall throughout the game
“We created a lot of opportunities,” Dryka said. “We had three or four breakaways that the goaltender stopped us on.”
Prince Albert netminder made 37 saves in the loss. It dropped his record to 3-7 this year.