Daily Herald Staff
In order for the Prince Albert Icehawks to get into a position to see some post-season action they are going to have to move past a pair of teams in the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s North Division standings.
The Delisle Chiefs are the first team in their headlights and Prince Albert will be looking to draw even with them on Wednesday when the Icehawks and Chiefs meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
Delisle leads the Icehawks by two points for sixth place, but they also hold three games in hand. Prince Albert has just 12 games left on the regular schedule so time is running out if the Icehawks have any thoughts of playing past the middle of February.
Prince Albert, which has already doubled its win output from last season with 10, has played inspired hockey for the last six weeks, but they continue to have trouble filling the roster.
Their last game saw the Icehawks play with just 12 skaters and against a powerful team like the Saskatoon Quakers, they just couldn’t find enough in the tank to finish them off. For 40 minutes they showed the could play with one of the league’s best as they trailed just 2-1, but the short bench hurt them as the Quakers buried four goals in the final 20 minutes for a 6-1 triumph.
That scenario has happened several times this year, but when they do have a full roster they can play against anyone. In two previous meetings with the Chiefs, Prince Albert has won 5-3 and lost 4-2 with the home team prevailing on both occasions.
Prince Albert and Delisle will meet one more time on the final night of the regular season in mid-February. The Icehawks hope that game has little meaning in them moving into a playoff spot – they would like to have that settled before then and it all starts on Wednesday.