The Prince Albert Icehawks are looking to keep things going against the Ochapowace Thunder at Kinsmen Arena on Thursday.
The Icehawks 4-3 victory over the Cypress Cyclones on Sunday was the team’s first win at home since Dec. 15.
“It’s nice to get the first one,” said IceHawks president Allen Pasloski.
“It’s been a long time since the boys won something so I think more than anything, just to give the boys some confidence and make them feel good, it was very crucial that we got that win,” Pasloski said.
The IceHawks came back from a 3-1 deficit after the second period, scoring three unanswered goals in the third to secure the win in the home opener on Sunday.
“Doing it in that style where we are coming back to win the game showed a lot of character,” Pasloski said.
The IceHawks posted a 1-1 record against the Thunder last season, outscored 7-6 in those two games. The Thunder finished fifth in the South Division with a record of 12-26-2 last season.
In his season debut, IceHawks forward Brett Boyer -- who led the team in scoring last season -- notched two assists in the Icehawks win over the Cyclones.
The Thunder are without their most productive scorer from last season, defenseman Ron Cote, who is not listed on the team’s roster.
Cote was one of three players on the Thunder roster last season with goals in the double digits, along with Trez Keshane and Jayden Isaac.
Isaac is not listed on the Thunder roster this season; however, Keshane is back with the team, leading in penalty minutes with 13 in two games.
Moving forward on the IceHawks season, the outlook for the team’s future is positive, Pasloski said.
“This year, what we’ve seen so far, the attitude in the dressing room has been phenomenal as opposed to other years, “ he said.
Pasloski said the team has made drastic improvements in the backend and in net, with three potential starting goaltenders to choose from.
“It’s been a great attitude in the dressing room, the boys have been positive. I think commitment is going to be one of the biggest things this year,” he said. “Last year we didn’t have commitment from a lot of our players, this year they are all showing up. We are going to get a lot more.”
Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Kinsmen Arena on Thursday.