Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Icehawks didn’t go down without a fight as they ended their Prairie Junior Hockey League season in a fight-filled 5-3 loss to the Delisle Chiefs on Friday.
The game, which had no meaning on the standings for the Icehawks as they were already eliminated from post-season contention, featured a number of fights and with Prince Albert already playing with a short bench due to injury and absenteeism, it was a fitting end to a frustrating season.
The fighting aspect was rare for the Icehawks, but playing with a depleted roster wasn’t as Prince Albert was consistently in games all year, but just ran out of gas in the latter stages of the game.
That same scenario unfolded on Friday as the Icehawks and Chiefs were tied midway through the middle frame when a series of bouts erupted resulting in four players from each team being ejected. That left Prince Albert with just 10 skaters for the remainder of the game and the result was a sixth straight loss.
Jordon Harasyn, Bradley Boehr and Lyndon Arcand scored for the Icehawks, who finished the season with an 11-27-2 mark. Tyler Gordon once again was required to stop an incredible amount of rubber as the sophomore netminder turned aside 58 of 63 shots in the Prince Albert goal.
The Icehawks, who won just twice in 15 games following a hot stretch before Christmas, will lose two players to graduation – Arcand and Bryce Nemish – but the rest of the roster is expected to return.
It will be a long offseason now, but the Icehawks are already looking forward to next year. A solid commitment by a full roster will certainly help turn things around.
Venice House Raiders
The Prince Albert Venice House Raiders will finish in second place in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League’s North Division after winning two of its final three games last week.
The Raiders, who are 16-2-4 since the start of November, finished the regular season with an 18-6-7 mark and trailed just the Sask. Valley Vipers, a team that beat them twice, in the standings.
Prince Albert began the final week with a 10-6 win over the Saskatoon Generals and then followed that up with a crucial 4-1 triumph over the North East Wolf Pack to secure the No. 2 seed in the North Division playoffs. The final game was on Friday when the Raiders travelled to Pilot Butte to take on the Prairie Storm, but the South Division leaders were no match as the Storm prevailed 6-2.
Brendl Daniels led the Raiders with a hat-trick in the win over the Generals while Ben Manson, Mikhail Tait and Owen Ozar each had a pair. Ryan Hordal completed the scoring with a single tally.
Against the Wolf Pack it was Riley Sawchuk with two goals and singles coming from Tair and Ozar while against the Storm the Raiders got goals from Jake Hobson and Kyle Schneider.
Matthew Guitard was the goaltender of record for the games against the Generals and the Storm while Brayden Oreel collected the win against the Wolf Pack.
The opening round of the playoffs begins on Feb. 20 and Prince Albert knows they will face a team from Saskatoon, just which one has yet to be decided. The Maniacs, Bandits and Stallions are all separated by just two points with each of those clubs having one game left on the schedule. The Raiders do know, however, that they will open the best-of-three series at home.
The Prince Albert NAPA Raiders got shutout goaltending from Carson Shawaga en route to a 5-0 triumph over Melfort in their next-to-last Centre-Four Hockey League pee wee division regular-season game on the weekend.
Dylan Scriven, with two, Braden Schneider, Nic Prediger and Ben Zultok scored for the Raiders, who are in fourth place in the standings with a 10-8-2 record and just a Sunday game in Warman remaining on the schedule.
The Raiders will play Tisdale in the opening round of the playoffs, but it is unclear if they will have home-ice advantage as just one point separates the two teams with Tisdale having a pair of contests in North Battleford to play on the season’s final weekend.
Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders
The Prince Albert Dmyterko Enterprises Raiders are destined for a fifth-place finish in the Centre-Four Hockey League midget division regular season following a 5-3 loss to Beardy’s last week.
The setback drops the Raiders record to 14-13-4 and with just a home game this Sunday against the Battlefords, they can’t climb any higher in the standings nor can they fall back.
Brendan Beaulac, Josh Hopkins and Donovan Mirasty scored for the Raiders against Beardy’s, the team that Prince Albert will likely meet in the opening round of the playoffs.
The final game against the Battlefords will be played at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Steuart Arena.