By Ryan Divish/Havre Daily News Sports Editoremail@example.com
The Havre Ice Hawk midget (high school) hockey team wasn't the most gracious of hosts this past weekend. Havre cruised past the Salmon, Idaho Rapids in a pair of games at the Havre Ice Dome.
On Friday, the Ice Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win.
Tyler Boyce got Havre on the board early in the first with an unassisted goal. Josh Strissel scored four minutes later on an assists from Ted Wells. Ben Erickson capped the scoring for the period banging home a goal at the 3:49 mark with an assist from Boyce.
The tandem hooked up again in the second period as Boyce found Erickson for the only goal of the period.
Erickson completed the hat trick late in the third period with Amanda Boyce and Shilo Barrett assisting.
Salmon scored its only goal of the game off of Ice Hawk goalie Michael Erickson with less than a minute remaining. Ben Erickson answered with his fourth goal of the game with six seconds remaining.
Michael Erickson was solid in net with 13 saves.
On Saturday, the Ice Hawks didn't have the same offensive fireworks, not scoring until third period. But it was still enough as they picked up a 3-0 win.
Tyler Boyce got the game winning goal with 12:36 remaining the in the game. Strissel and Andrew Linquist added insurance goals later in the period.
Michael Erickson picked up the shutout, stopping 22 shots on goal.
The wins bring Havre's record to 3-4-1. The Ice Hawks will travel to Salmon, this weekend for a pair of games.
Spurred on by strong defense and stingy goaltending, the Havre Ice Hawk Pee Wee squad rolled up three wins in the last two weeks.
Havre opened its run with a 3-1 victory over the Missoula Bruins on Jan. 8 in Missoula.
Blaine Grisak, Dillon McLain and Garrett Lambrecht all scored goals while Jesse Majeres and Chase Rolf added assists. Goalie Alex Sinclair had 16 saves for the Ice Hawks.
Havre wasn't quite so successful a day later as the Bruins exacted some revenge with a 5-2 win.
McLain and Jon Austin scored Havre's two goals while Majeres and Rolf added assists.
The following weekend, the Ice Hawks returned to the friendly confines of the Havre Ice Dome and crushed the Butte Blues 6-0.
Majeres led the Havre offensive outburst with four goals and an assist. McLain had a solid game with a goal and three assists. Austin scored the Ice Hawks' other goal, while Grisak and Rolf each had an assist.
Sinclair had a sterling performance, recording a shut out with 25 saves.
The offense wasn't quite as plentiful the next day, but the result was still the same as Havre scored a 1-0 win over Butte.
Andrew Bradshaw scored the game's only goal on assist from Austin. Sinclair was once again solid in the net, stopping 16 shots en route to his second-straight shutout.