It’s very early in the season, but Prince Albert Icehawks’ new head coach, Kim Dryka, wants the message to sink in early – there are three periods to every game.
“Out of the six periods we played, we only really played four,” said Dryka moments after his club dropped a 3-2 decision to the Regina Capitals in Prairie Junior Hockey League action on Sunday at the Kinsmen Arena. “This one we took the second period off and we couldn’t battle back.”
“Overall, it (weekend split) was okay,” added Dryka. “Each game the second period was our letdown and it cost us.”
The loss to the Capitals came less than 24 hours after the Icehawks opened the season with a 3-1 victory over the Ochapowace Thunder.
On Sunday, the Icehawks got out of the gates quickly when Mitchell Corfmat scored just 41 seconds into the first period. Regina stormed back, however, and held a 2-1 lead until Lucas Anseth tied the game with six minutes remaining in the middle frame. Regina grabbed the lead again when Ryan Gianoli scored early in the third and then hung on for the win with the Icehawks swarming the Capitals’ goal in the dying moments.
Tyler Gordon was spectacular in the Prince Albert goal stopping 46 shots, while his teammates fired 30 shots at the Regina net.
On Saturday, Bryce Nemish, Tyson Sanderson and Dane Madsen staked the Icehawks to a 3-0 advantage and they then battled their way through penalty trouble to maintain the lead and record the win.
Gordon was once again solid in the Prince Albert net stopping 34 shots with the Icehawks generating just 29 shots at the Thunder goal.
The Icehawks will have the week to prepare for their first road game when they travel to West Central on Saturday to face the Rage. Prince Albert’s next home game is Oct. 24 when they will host Fort Knox at the Kinsmen Arena.