The Utah RollerBees have picked up a new player, Ron Handy, who scored 588 points through seven seasons in the International Hockey League, but they will be without Ken Downey and Brett and Todd Harkins tonight as they try to break their six-game losing streak. The RollerBees, 1-6-1, visit the 7-1-1 Vancouver VooDoo tonight in the Agrodome.
Downey received a one-game league suspension for activities in the Bees' last loss, at Calgary, and Todd Harkins will serve the second of his two-game suspension for the mid-July brawl in Sandy with Vancouver. The VooDoos' most-popular player, defenseman Sasha Lakovic, is also suspended because of that incident. Brett Harkins is in Cleveland teaching in an ice hockey camp - a prior commitment - and brother Todd is there as well. Both are expected to return for the Bees' next home game, Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Delta Center.Vancouver has a six-game win streak on the line and leads the King Division of Roller Hockey International by five points over Calgary. Utah is last in the division. Anaheim leads the 12-team league at 8-0.
Rich Chernomaz leads Utah scoring with 21 points in eight games.