Icehawks bag Mallards

Two days without practice proved just the right medicine for the Icehawks.
“A couple of the guys were very tired after the tough schedule of the past few weeks,” Icehawks’ Nick Lindberg said. “It was good for us to get the rest and an easier schedule. We played very well tonight.”
Despite 29 shots apiece, Port Huron downed the Quad City Mallards 4-1 on Saturday, January 23.
“Our power play got us going early,” Icehawks Coach Stan Drulia said. “(Adam) Russo made some big saves at the end but it was our special teams that made the difference.”
The Icehawks opened the scoring at the seven minute mark with a power play goal from Lindberg with assists from Daniel Tetrault and Brandon Naurato.
“We knew they were going to play passive,” Lindberg said. “I passed the puck to Tetrault and when he passed it back the goal was wide open.”
Quad City tied the score before the period ended. In the second Port Huron scored its second power play goal. Mike Gershon fired a shot from just inside the blue line to beat Quad City goalie Jerad Kaufmann.
Later in the second, Icehawks’ Derek Patrosso passed cross ice to Jamie Lovell at the blue line who shot the puck by Kaufmann.
“I knew Patrosso would see me,” Lovell said. “He waited until the seam was open and made a great pass. I was able to rip it home.
“These guys have played us hard the last couple times they played us. But when we stuck to our game plan it became almost easy.”
The Hawks added one more goal in the third by Mickael Bedard and held the Mallards scoreless although they were outshot 16-6 in the final period by the Mallards.
“We try to push the envelope every night,” Drulia said. “For the most part we were able to do that and tonight we were successful.”
The Icehawks return to McMorran to begin a three game home-away-home weekend series with the Flint Generals on Friday, February 12. Game time is 7:30 p.m. for the Friday match and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For further Icehawks information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com.

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