Ice Hawks Update: January 27, 2017 – January 29, 2017

News & Notes

Three Game Weekend
Fri. at Home: Sat/Sun Away

Friday, 1/27  vs GC Lumberjacks  Rec Center 7:05
Saturday 1/28 at Granite City Lumberjacks, St Cloud  7:30
Sunday, 1/29 at LaCrosse Freeze, LaCrosse 2:00

The West Division leading Lumberjacks are among the elite teams in the NA3HL.  Coach Brad Willner’s squad’s record of 22-5-4-2 has them solidly in 1st place.  Friday night is a homecoming for Asst. Coach DJ Vold, a former Ice Hawk and a local resident and his father Jim Vold who served as the Ice Hawks original equipment manager.  He now serves in that same capacity for the Lumberjacks.
The Lumberjacks and Ice Hawks will play on Friday and Saturday nights.  The two game set will be a good test for the improving young Ice Hawks team.  Lumberjack players to watch: Leading scorers-Forwards,  #27  Owen Sikich (18 goals, 11 assists- 29 pts);   #5 Ryan Smith (11 goals, 17 assists- 28 pts); #21 Matthew Sprink (9  goals, 13  assists- 22 pts);   #16 Andrej Jamnicky  (11 goals, 10 assists- 21 pts); Defenseman #3 Jordan Olson   (7 goals, 13 assists- 20 pts);   Goalie- #31  Mac Berglove (2.24 gaa- .925 Save %)
Ice Hawk News
Ethan Sievek to NAHL’s Bismarck. Bobcats
Defenseman Ethan Sievek has been promoted to the NAHL for the weekend, Bismarck will be missing two of their defenseman with injuries.  Their scouts have been impressed by Ethan’s progress this season.  Ethan, who is attending HS in Rochester, will play in games this weekend vs The Aberdeen Wings.  There is a possibility that he may be invited to remain with Bismarck for the remainder of the season.

Future plans
Fans may have heard rumors of the potential of an NAHL team for Rochester.  The Ice Hawks have been in conversations to bring in a NAHL franchise.  There had been an outside possibility to do so as soon as next season.  Regrettably, an agreement could not be achieved in time to meet the deadline for next season.
Once the Ice Hawks moved to the NA family two years ago, the plan was to consider a move to Tier 2.  The Ice Hawks remain interested in that possibility and will continue to work with potential partners.   The Ice Hawks will go forth into the 2017-18 season as members of the NA3HL.

Zach Curry will be available this weekend. He skated in practices this week.  Willie Meyer returned
To action last weekend and performed well. He filled in at defense.  He will likely play at defense again this weekend due to Seviek’s promotion and Ian Smyth unavailability.  Smyth will be serving the second of a league imposed suspension.

Upcoming Events-
The next home game is KTTC Night Feb. 11th and is followed by Pink the Rink (see below) on Mar. 3rdThese two games mark the final two home games of the regular season.  Be sure to get out support your Ice Hawks- Season’s end is fast approaching.