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Icehawks Look To Keep Winning Ways Alive In The New Year

January 5, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Port Huron Icehawks News Release

PORT HURON, MI - The Port Huron Icehawks closed out 2009 on a high note and will look to keep their winning ways alive into the New Year.

The Icehawks wrapped up December with their ninth straight home win versus the Quad City Mallards last Tuesday and rang in 2010 in a similar fashion, defeating the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Saturday to extend their home winning streak to ten games. Port Huron was also riding a five game overall winning streak after the wins, but saw that streak come to an end with a loss on Sunday in Dayton.

The Icehawks are currently tied for first place in the International Hockey League standings with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and have one game in hand.

Port Huron will wrap up a five game road trip this week with four games in five days. Their schedule includes games with the Bloomington PrairieThunder on Wednesday and Saturday and contests in Quad City on Friday and Sunday.

The Icehawks have faced Bloomington and Quad City just three times each this season. They are 2-1-0-0 versus the PrairieThunder and 2-0-0-1 versus the Mallards.

McMorran Magic: The Icehawks hold the league's best home record at 14-2-0-0 and have not lost at McMorran Arena since November 11. They have outscored their opponents 44-17 during their ten game winning streak. They will not have a chance to put their winning streak on the line until January 15, when they return home to take on the Dayton Gems.

Hats Off: Icehawks rookie Mickael Bedard scored his second hat trick in seven days in Saturday's huge win over the Lumberjacks. All three goals came on the power play, and Bedard added two assists as well. He becomes the first and only IHL skater to record five points in a game this season.

That's Special: The Icehawks special teams have been nothing short of dominant throughout the season, and they continued their success during last week's games. They held opponents scoreless on 11 of 13 power play chances to remain atop the league at 89.6% on the penalty kill. Their 14 power play goals against is ten better than their closest competitors. With four goals on their own advantages, the team improved to 21.1% on the power play, reclaiming the top spot in the league.

Rookie Roundup: Icehawks rookies have enjoyed huge success this season as the team has battled injuries. Rookie skaters were responsible for seven of Port Huron's 13 goals last week, and added eight assists as well. Mickael Bedard, Brandon Naurato and Mike Gershon are all in the top eight in points among IHL rookies. Bedard was named IHL Rookie of the Month for December and Gershon is the reigning Rookie of the Week.

Ticket Packages: The Icehawks are offering two great discount packages for home games during the 2009-10 season. Family Four Packs are available now for all home games, while Deuces Wild Packages are on sale for all weekday games.

Family Four Packs include four tickets, four hot dogs, and four small fountain drinks for just $44. For just $22, the Deuces Wild Package includes two tickets in the Attack Zone and two beers or soft drinks. The Deuces Wild Package must be purchased at the Icehawks office during normal business hours, while the Family Four Pack is available in advance or at the gate.

Single Game Tickets: Single game tickets for all Icehawks home games are on sale now at the McMorran Arena Box Office, any Ticket Master location or by phone. For more information, visit www.porthuronicehawks.com or call 810-966-3800.

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