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Ice Hawks freeze out Butte

 

December 31, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre's Theron Peterson, right, takes a shot during the Ice Hawks' high school hockey game against Butte Friday night in the Havre Ice Dome. Havre beat the Kings both Friday night and Saturday morning. For more photos, go to www.havredailynews.com.

After tough losses to the Billings Bulls in the Havre Ice Dome two weeks ago, the Havre Ice Hawks were aiming for a better result this past weekend against the Copper City Kings.

And the Ice Hawks got to dish out a sweep of their own as they beat the Kings Friday 7-4 and Saturday 6-3 inside the Havre Ice Dome.

Havre head coach Barry Brownlee was happy about the hard work his team put in over the series against Copper City.

"The games were both well played," said Brownlee. "Our team dominated the first and third period for both games."

Friday's matchup was a great start to the series for the Ice Hawks. The seven points Havre put up on the board were brought about by a combination of players. Tavish Mclean, Bridger Staples, Donovan McLain, Dexter Beck, Rhoda Peterson and Justin Rosgaard all put the puck in the net that day.

At the same time, the defense put work in as well. There is no doubt Trennis Riley was a big factor in keeping Havre ahead on the ice. Riley has been a very talented goalie throughout the season so far and it his hard work continues to do wonders for the Ice Hawks.

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Bridger Staples shoots during the Ice Hawks' high school hockey game against Butte Friday night in the Havre Ice Dome.

With Havre leading the series 1-0, there was a lot of high hopes for another great game against the Kings Saturday. Once more, the Ice Hawks delivered and claimed the series Saturday. The second matchup on the ice saw Havre win by the same three-point margin as Friday's game.

Jocelyn Staples and Kaine Black added their names to the list of players who scored in the net against Butte, alongside Justin and Jared Rosgaard and Mclean Saturday. Mclean and Justin Rosgaard led the team throughout the series with two goals each, as well.

Not only were the games against Butte great performances for the Ice Hawks, they were another look into what the team is capable of as the season heads into the new year and eventually the postseason. Brownlee was pleased with what his team showed against the Kings.

"I was very proud of the team and the attitude they brought to the games," said Brownlee."

Next up, Havre will face the Billings Bulls this Saturday and Sunday down in Billings.

 

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