Junior hockey: Ice Hawks have a Breezy home-and-home this weekend

Jason Feldman, jfeldman@postbulletin.com Oct 13, 2016

The Rochester Ice Hawks are still searching for their first victory of the season and still searching for some offense.

Things don’t figure to get much easier this weekend, as the Hawks do battle with West Division leader Breezy Point in a home-and-home series. Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Breezy Point, with Saturday’s game scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. at the Rochester Recreation Center.

These will be the second and third meetings of the seasons between the teams. The North Stars (6-3-0 overall) beat the Hawks (0-7-0) in Rochester’s season opener, 8-0, at Breezy Point on Sept. 10.

Rochester enters the weekend as one of three winless teams in the NA3HL Central Division, along with the Chicago Bulldogs (0-7-0) and Wisconsin Whalers (0-5-2).

Notes …

• Two North Stars coaches have ties to the Ice Hawks. Assistant coach Tony Fulton was an Ice Hawks forward in 1999-2000 and North Stars G.M. Craig Larson previously served as a scout for the Ice Hawks.

• Defenseman Ryley Cook became the first 2000-born player to suit up for the Ice Hawks when he made the team’s opening-night roster last month. The Ice Hawks now have their second 2000-birth year player on the roster, as Mankato East’s Daytin Zimmerman-Fatis has joined the team. Seventeen players on the Ice Hawks roster are 18 years old or younger.

• The Ice Hawks continue to play short-handed. Charlie Bill (expected out 4-6 weeks), Willie Meyer (expected return mid-December), Nick Wagner and Andrew Gates are all out with injuries this weekend. Five other players are listed as day-to-day.