The Prince Albert Icehawks are taking advantage of playing on home ice this year.
In five starts at the Kinsmen Arena early in the Prairie Junior Hockey League season the Icehawks have won four of those including a 7-4 triumph over the expansion Silver Foxes on Sunday.
The success at home is good news as the Icehawks have yet to win on the road this year and that is where they will be playing five of their next six games. That stretch begins on Tuesday in Saskatoon when the Icehawks will face the Quakers, a team that beat them 7-1 in their only setback on home ice this year.
Sunday’s win was a confidence booster in another way as it moves them to the .500 level as Prince Albert now has a 4-4-0 record. Those four wins are just one shy of what the team recorded all of last year when the Icehawks were 5-31-4 and missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Lyndon Arcand was the offensive star on Sunday scoring three times and setting up two others while Lucas Anseth also had a big game netting a pair of markers and assisting on one other. Brett Boyer, the Icehawks’ leading scorer, collected his seventh goal and Parker Turner also scored for Prince Albert.
Tyler Tilford, with three assists, and Mclaren Barker, with a pair, also had big games for the Icehawks.
Tyler Gordon made 27 saves in the Prince Albert net to improve his record to 2-2-0 on the season. Prince Albert directed 52 shots at the Silver Foxes’ goal.
The next home game is Nov. 13 when the league-leading and defending league-champion Saskatoon Royals make their first visit of the season.
It was a quiet week for the NAPA Raiders in Centre-Four Hockey League pee wee division action, but when they did take to the ice they made the most of it.
The Raiders improved to 5-0-0 on the season when they crushed the Meadow Lake Stampeders 23-2 on Sunday at the Steuart Arena. Goal scorers were unavailable.
The NAPA Raiders will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Tisdale with their next home game scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. when Melfort pays a visit to the Steuart Arena.
Venice House Raiders
The Venice House Raiders had the weekend off from Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action, but they did play a pair of regular-season games last week prior to the break.
On Tuesday in Saskatoon, Riley Sawchuk had three goals as the Raiders outscored the Stallions 9-5. Brendl Daniels, Ethan Regnier and Jacob Dumont each had a pair of tallies for the Raiders, who scored five unanswered goals in the third period to pull out the win. Matthew Guitard was in goal for the Raiders, who are 2-4-3 on the season.
In their only other game last week, Venice House lost 5-1 to the Sask. Valley Vipers in Warman. Mikhail Tait was the lone goal scorer and Brayden Oreel was tagged with the loss.
The next home game for the Raiders is not until Nov. 5 when the Saskatoon Maniacs will provide the opposition. Game time is 6:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
The Dmyterko Raiders batted .500 on a three-games-in-three-nights weekend as they lost 7-4 to the North East Selects on Friday before beating the Midwest Red Wings 5-3 on Saturday and battling the Red Wings to a 3-3 draw on Sunday.
Braden Isbister, Tanner Fiddler, Riley Sawchuk, who was called up from the Venice House Raiders, and Austin Odnokon scored for Prince Albert in the loss to North East. Josh Hopkins, with a pair, Matt Kutnikoff, Josh McDougall and Fiddler scored in the Saturday victory while Zach Hurd led the way with two goals and Hopkins added a single in Sunday’s finale.
The Dmyterko Raiders, who are now 4-5-1 in Centre-Four Hockey League midget division play, will host the Beardy’s Blackhawks on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.