Building off the positives is the main thing the Prince Albert Ice Hawks have to focus on right now.
That might be easier said than done considering the Ice Hawks have won just once in their last 12 games, but head coach Kim Dryka says the team is close to turning things around and they have to be cognisant of that.
“There are lots of positives,” says Dryka after his team dropped to 3-10-2 on the season following a 4-2 setback to the West Central Rage in Prairie Junior Hockey League action on Saturday at the Kinsmen Arena. “We’re a young team and it has been a goal or two difference in the last eight games except for that one against the Royals.”
“They’re getting a little frustrated, but sooner or later things will start changing,” added Dryka. “We have to keep working on the positives and hopefully the positives will take over the negatives.”
Lyndon Arcand and Lucas Anseth scored for Prince Albert on Saturday with Jayden Rieben and Tyler Gordon sharing the netminding duties. Rieben started the game, but was pulled after the second period when he was beaten four times on 26 shots and Gordon came on in relief and stopped all 10 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes.
The loss leaves Prince Albert four points back of the Rage for fifth place in the North Division standings. The Ice Hawks will try and get back on track on Wednesday when they host the Saskatoon Westleys at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.