The Ice Hawks win! The Ice Hawks win! The Ice Hawks win!
The chant might not be as compelling as the immortal call when the New York Giants won the National League pennant in 1951, but it has a special meaning all on its own considering it had been almost 10 months since the Prince Albert Ice Hawks last won a Prairie Junior Hockey League game.
And, they did it in dramatic fashion on Sunday at the Kinsmen Arena.
Down 3-1 entering the third period in their game against the Cypress Cyclones, the Ice Hawks rallied on goals by Darian Clarke and Parker Turner less than a minute apart midway through the final session to tie the game and then with 15 seconds left on the clock Lyndon Arcand netted his second of the game to complete the comeback.
“We dug deep in the third period and scored three to win; it was a good character win,” said Ice Hawks’ head coach Kim Dryka after the game. “We started the third period playing five-on-three (Turner and Lucas Anseth were given penalties late in the second period) and I told the kids if you kill it off it will give you a momentum boost.”
Brett Boyer and Anseth each finished the game with three assists while Aiden Patrick recorded the win in the Prince Albert goal after stopping 16 of 19 shots.
The Ice Hawks had last won a game on Dec. 19, 2012, when they defeated the Delisle Chiefs 3-1. It had been 20 games, including a 7-1 season-opening loss to the Saskatoon Quakers on Tuesday, since the club last hit the win column.
Prince Albert, which is now 1-1-0 on the season, will host the Ochapowace Thunder on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
The Prince Albert NAPA Raiders opened the Centre-Four Hockey League pee wee division regular schedule on Saturday with a convincing 8-1 triumph in Melfort.
Ben Zultok led the way for the two-time northern representatives in the provincial pee wee final by scoring three goals while Braden Schneider added a pair. Kevin Ledoux, Keone Tyler and Jaxsen Hope chipped in with singles.
The Raiders will play their home opener on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena against Meadow Lake. The Raiders will follow that up with a home-and-home series against Tisdale on Oct. 19-20.
Venice House Raiders
Prince Albert’s entry in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League earned its first point of the young season when the Venice House Raiders and Humboldt Broncos battled to a 4-4 draw on Saturday.
Jake Hobson and Riley Sawchuk each had a goal and two assists for the Raiders, who are 0-1-1 to start the year. The Raiders were also scheduled to play Estevan on Sunday, but results were unavailable.
Landon Markovich and Mikhail Tait also scored for the Raiders, who will travel to Saskatoon on Tuesday to face the Maniacs before heading to Yorkton and Melville for a pair of games next weekend. The next home game for Venice House is Oct. 17 when the Saskatoon Outlaws will pay a visit at 6:45 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
After opening the Centre-Four Hockey League midget division regular season with a 5-4 loss in Warman on Friday, the Dmyterko Raiders rebounded nicely with a convincing 8-3 triumph over the Beardy’s Blackhawks on Sunday.
Braden Isbister had a natural hat-trick in the win over Beardy’s while Riley Dupre, with a pair, Donovan Mirasty, Zach Hurd and Tanner Fiddler also scored for the Raiders.
Connor Craig led the way with three goals for Prince Albert in the loss to Warman while Fiddler had a single.
The Dmyterko Raiders continue their extended road trip to start the season next weekend as they are in the Battlefords on Friday before playing games in Unity on Saturday and Sunday. The home-opener for the Raiders is Oct. 16 when they will host Watson at 6:45 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.