Australian Ice Hockey League: Newcastle Northstars import Joe Harcharik keen to build on 100-goal milestone

MILESTONE: Newcastle Northstars import Joe Harcharik. Picture: Wulos
MILESTONE: Newcastle Northstars import Joe Harcharik. Picture: Wulos

Joe Harcharik is keen to add to his milestone mark when the Newcastle Northstars hit the road for a second straight Australian Ice Hockey League double header. 

Newcastle travel to Adelaide this weekend after the US import scored his 100th goal in the national competition as part of the Northstars’ clean sweep in Melbourne on Saturday and Sunday. 

“I’m hoping so,” forward Harcharik said.

“If we can keep winning here and get all six points again, we’ll probably be one or two after this weekend. It would be a nice, big jump and a good cushion to have.”

The Northstars jumped from last to fifth on the ladder after, according to manager Peter Lambert, recording the club’s first six-point weekend since July, 2016.  

Waratah-based 29-year-old Harcharik, originally from Des Moines in Iowa and enjoying his second season with Newcastle but third in Australia, said none of his goals Down Under stick out more than any other.

“Probably any time you’re able to score and the team wins, that probably makes it even more sweeter,” he said. 

“I’m not really one that keeps track of things like that. As long I’m able to constantly help the team any way I can.”

Harcharik netted a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-4 victory over defending champions the Ice. The Northstars take an unchanged line-up into upcoming fixtures at IceArena according to co-coach Garry Dore. Both matches against the Adrenaline start at 5pm (AEST).