Sitting six points out of playoff position with nine games to go, the Prince Albert Icehawks will surely have their eyes on the out of town scoreboard this weekend.
Riding a four-game losing streak, the Icehawks will look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive as they host the Southern Rebels on Saturday at Kinsmen Arena.
Sitting in the North Division’s fifth and final playoff spot, six points ahead of the Icehawks, the Saskatoon Westleys face a pair of out-of-division opponents over the weekend.
The Westleys schedule is good news for the Icehawks, who if they can manage to string together a pair of wins while their Saskatoon rivals falter, could find themselves within two points of the Westleys in the standings, bringing life to their playoff prospects.
The Icehawks will also be keeping a keen eye on the Deslisle Chiefs who trail the Westleys by just one point and also play a pair of games over the weekend as well.
Unfortunately for the Icehawks, the two teams they are chasing for the final playoff spot, the Westleys and Chiefs, have been a bit of a problem this season.
The Icehawks post a record of 1-2-0 against the Chiefs while they have yet to beat the Westleys in four meetings this season, outscored 28-10 by the Saskatoon rivals in that span.
The Icehawks have battled the Rebels just once this season, a 8-5 triumph on the road at Assiniboia Civic Centre where Icehawks forward Brett Boyer scored a hat trick on Dec. 14.
Boyer continues to carry the load offensively for the Icehawks, leading the team with 55 points in 30 games.
Gaining four points over the Westleys this weekend could prove pivotal heading into the two teams’ final meeting of the regular season on Wednesday at Kinsmen Arena.
At risk of missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the Icehawks final regular season game on Feb. 14 against the Chiefs at Deslisle Arena could prove to be the one that punches their ticket to the post-season.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. when the Icehawks take on the Rebels on Saturday, before hitting the road to take on the Saskatoon Royals on Sunday at Harold Latrace Arena.