Ice Hawks look to end seven-game losing skid tonight

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Dave Leaderhouse

Herald Staff

The Prince Albert Ice Hawks will be looking to end a seven-game losing streak tonight when they host the Saskatoon Quakers in Prairie Junior Hockey League action at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.

It has been a struggle for the Ice Hawks lately as they look for their third win of the season. After winning two of their first three to start the regular season, the Ice Hawks have been outscored 42-25 since then, but more importantly they have been outshot by sizeable margins in almost every contest. It isn’t just the margin that is a concern, it is the amount as last weekend in Regina and Ochapowace, they gave up 62 and 59 shots, respectively.

Tyler Gordon has been nothing short of spectacular stopping 350 of the 385 shots he has faced in nine games. The 18-year-old has a 4.28 goals-against average, but he save percentage is close to 91 per cent.

Lucas Anseth leads the team in scoring with four goals and 10 assists while Brett Boyer, who scored five times in a pair of losses last weekend, has 10 goals and two helpers to sit in second place. Also with 12 points is Mitchell Corfmat as the veteran forward has five goals and seven assists in just eight games.

Despite the struggles, a pair of Ice Hawks wins tonight and on Thursday when they host the Delisle Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena, would pull them out of the North Division basement as the West Central Rage have just four more points than Prince Albert and have played four extra games.

Tonight’s game will be the second meeting of the season between the Ice Hawks and Quakers with Saskatoon winning the initial contest 7-3 in Saskatoon. Prince Albert and Delisle have yet to square off against each other in the regular season, but they did meet twice in the pre-season with each team winning on home ice.

 

Organizations: Prairie Junior Hockey League, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Regina, Saskatoon

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