It’s a safe bet it wasn’t sugar plums that danced in Aidon Patrick’s head on Sunday night.
The Prince Albert Icehawks netminder likely had pucks flying his way as he saw plenty of vulcanized rubber in a 6-1 loss to the Saskatoon Quakers on Sunday afternoon at the Kinsmen Arena.
Patrick made 58 saves in the loss and for two periods had given Prince Albert every chance to pull out a victory as the Icehawks were only down 2-1 after 40 minutes of play despite being outshot 41-15.
“Aidon did his job,” said Icehawks’ head coach Kim Dryka. “He gave us a chance to win.”
“We just ran out of gas in the third,” added Dryka.
Prince Albert, with just 12 skaters dressed, couldn’t hold off the high-flying Quakers, who have the second-best record in the entire league.
“I’m pleased with the effort; the effort was there,” noted Dryka. “I’m not happy with the outcome, but I’m happy with the effort.”
“The four extra bodies would have helped,” added Dryka.
Prince Albert, who was missing a pair of players due to injury and another two players who were away because of family commitments, now have a record of 10-16-2, but still are in the hunt to grab at least a berth in a Survivor Series playoff if they can finish strong over the final 12 games.
Parker Turner had the lone Prince Albert goal on Sunday with Mitchell Schwark leading the Quakers with a pair. Joe Bristow, Evan Ritchie, Andrew Cribbs and Scott Kary also scored for Saskatoon.
The loss comes on the heels of Prince Albert’s 5-3 victory over the Tri-Town Thunder on Friday.
Affiliate player Brendon Boyer led the Icehawks’ offence in that game scoring a pair of goals while Lyndon Arcand also netted a pair. Darian Clarke had the other tally.
Tyler Gordon picked up the win as his night wasn’t nearly as busy as what Patrick had on Sunday with Gordon needing to make only 35 saves in the Prince Albert net.
Prince Albert completes a six-game homestand on Wednesday when they will host the Delisle Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena. The Icehawks are now two points back of the Chiefs for sixth place in the North Division standings and they are another two in arrears of the Saskatoon Westley’s who hold down the final spot for the Survivor Series.
The Icehawks will have five games at home and six on the road left on the schedule following Wednesday’s game.