Hawks face playoffs

Focus for the Ice Hawks now will be on the all-important league playoffs, which most likely will begin Feb. 7

Clearwater Midget Ice Hawk #4 Justin Sutherland takes the puck up the ice during a game against Merritt at the Sportsplex on Saturday

Clearwater Midget Ice Hawk #4 Justin Sutherland takes the puck up the ice during a game against Merritt at the Sportsplex on Saturday

Clearwater Midget Ice Hawks only had the one game last weekend.

“It was against Merritt and the final regular season game for us,” said coach Tim Walker. “Next up will be playoffs.”

The Hawks were short many players for Saturday’s game and only had nine skaters total, which resulted in a win for Merritt.

“The game was meaningless as far as our standings were,” the coach commented. “The only thing that mattered to me was whether we took penalties that could lead to suspensions, or injuries. I was satisfied to have accomplished our goals for the game.”

Clearwater played a fairly even game through the first period then ran out of steam. Merritt got a few goals and kept coming.

According to Walker, Merritt has two exceptional players who both scored two goals each and set up others.

“I kept telling our boys to just take it easy as I didn’t want any penalties or injuries. Even still it’s hard to lose but the boys held there cool pretty well,” the coach said.

Focus for the Ice Hawks now will be on the all-important league playoffs, which most likely will begin Feb. 7 in Kelowna.