IceHawks goaltender Tyler Gordon stops a Thunder wrap around attempt in the IceHawks 6-3 win at Kinsmen Arena on Thursday. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp
Scoring two unanswered goals in the first period, the Prince Albert IceHawks held on to defeat the Ochapowace Thunder 6-3 at Kinsmen Arena on Thursday.
Thursday’s win is the IceHawks second straight, which coach Kim Dryka said is a major confidence booster for his team.
“It has been a long time,” IceHawks coach Kim Dryka said of the teams winning streak. The last time the IceHawks strung two wins together was Feb. 19 2012.
“They can ride this for awhile and see what happens going to Delisle on Saturday and back here Sunday. It’s a big confidence boost, winning two in a row,” Dryka said.
Forward Parker Turner opened scoring early in the first period to put the IceHawks ahead 1-0 and they would maintain the lead from there, outshooting the Thunder 40-35.
“Leads haven’t been an issue, it’s just trying to hold them,” Dryka said. “The boys just have to know you gotta play 60 minutes. You are up by a goal, or like on Sunday you are down by three, it’s easy for a game to change around so you gotta give a 60 minute effort."
IceHawks leading scorer, forward Brett Boyer started a streak of his own, a second straight three-point night with a goal and two assists.
The Thunder got on the board with a marker from Kevin George early in the second period, but the IceHawks answered back with a 2 on 0 goal to beat Thunder goalie Jason Taylor who has yet to win this season.
The Thunder continued to apply pressure with another second period tally to put them within one, but the IceHawks would answer back to all three Thunder goals, scoring two more late in the third period.
IceHawks backstop Tyler Gordon stood his ground stopping 32 of 35 shots to clinch his first win of the season.
“We got the first win on Sunday and a little momentum carried in and we got the win here tonight,” Dryka said. “It’s good for the boys, they know they can win, they just have to stay positive and things can happen quick. Right now we’ll just take it game by game.”
The IceHawks are on the road on Saturday to face the Delisle Chiefs and are back at Kinsmen Arena on Sunday against the Regina Capitals.