Here is something that hasn’t been said in a while – the Prince Albert Icehawks are on a four-game winning streak.
The Icehawks reached that lofty plateau on the weekend when they beat the expansion Silver Foxes 11-6 in Pense on Sunday, a day after they outscored the Southern Rebels 8-5 in Assiniboia.
The victories, coupled with two more last weekend – 10-2 over the Cypress Cyclones and 7-5 over the West Central Rage – improve the Icehawks’ record to 8-14-1 on the season. Prince Albert had just five wins all of last season when they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Brett Boyer once again had a hot hand in leading the Icehawks to the weekend sweep. Prince Albert’s scoring leader followed up a three-goal, one-assist effort on Saturday with a spectacular five-goal outing on Sunday. The nine-point weekend gives Boyer 44 on the season, including 26 goals. Boyer trails Cody Wourms of the Saskatoon Quakers and Tucker Neuberger of the Cyclones by just one point in the league scoring race.
Brennan Boruch also had a big game for the Icehawks on Sunday scoring twice and setting up one other while single makers were added by Parker Turner, Darian Clarke, Bryce Nemish and Lyndon Arcand.
Clarke also scored on Saturday in addition to picking up three assists with other tallies coming from Logan McKay, Tyler Tilford, Lucas Anseth and Arcand. Tilford had three assists on Sunday giving him consecutive three-point outings.
Tyler Gordon was brilliant in the Prince Albert net on Saturday stopping 51 shots while on Sunday he managed to block 23 of 26 Silver Foxes drives before giving way to Aidon Patrick, who finished the game with 19 stops.
The recent surge has the Icehawks in a position to climb out of the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s North Division basement when they play their final two games before Christmas this weekend on home ice.
Prince Albert will host the Saskatoon Westley’s on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena and then complete the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a 2:30 p.m. date on Sunday against West Central. The Icehawks trail the Westleys by just one point following this weekend’s action.
The Prince Albert NAPA Raiders head into the Christmas break sitting in a tie for second place in the Centre-Four Hockey League pee wee division standings.
The Raiders dropped their final two regular-season games – 6-2 to Warman and 8-3 to Humboldt – to post an 8-4-1 record in the first half of play. Those two losses were against the teams that are directly ahead of them as Warman has yet to lose in 12 games while Humboldt also has 17 points entering the break, but have three games in hand on the Raiders.
Jackson Kowblick, Ben Zultok and Alex Osar scored for Prince Albert in the loss to Humboldt while John Kalmakoff and Ethan Beaulac tallied in the setback to Warman.
Prince Albert was entered in a tournament in Swift Current on the weekend to conclude their pre-Christmas schedule as they recorded victories over the Regina Buffaloes and Medicine Hat, but suffered losses to the Saskatoon Kodiaks and Saskatoon Mustangs to finish out of the playoff round.
The Raiders will get their fill of West Central early in the New Year as they will be in Dodsland on Jan. 4 to face the Wheat Kings before moving to Kerrobert the next day for the second half of the weekend doubleheader. Those same two teams will then meet in Prince Albert on Jan. 12 when the puck drops for an 11:15 a.m. start at the Steuart Arena.
Venice House Raiders
It was a quiet week for the Venice House Raiders in Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action, but they will make up for it this week as they play three games in six nights leading up to the Christmas break.
The Raiders, who are 5-4-4 on the season, travel to Saskatoon on Tuesday to face the Outlaws before heading to Regina this weekend for a game against the Foxes on Saturday and another against the Pat Blues on Sunday.
The Raiders remain on the road right after the break when they head to Kerrobert to take on West Central on Jan. 4 with their next home game not until Jan. 8 when they will host the Saskatoon Bandits at 6:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
A 7-2 setback to the North East Midgets was the only game on the schedule this week for the Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders, but they will play three games this week to conclude the first half of their Centre-Four Hockey League midget division regular season.
Connor Craig and Zach Hurd scored for the Raiders in the loss to North East dropping Prince Albert’s record to 5-9-4 on the season. The Raiders will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Watson before returning home for a pair of games against West Central on the weekend. The Raiders and West Central will square off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and again at 11 a.m. on Sunday with both matches scheduled for the Kinsmen Arena.