Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ice Wolves clobber Klippers 

The La Ronge Ice Wolves returned to the win column Saturday in Kindersley when they pasted the Klippers 6-2. 

“Our team came out tonight with great passion – great heart, our compete was on point,” said La Ronge forward Ethan Strik. “Kindersley played well for the first two periods, but honestly, we wore them down.”

The Klippers had a 2-0 lead before the first period was over, but La Ronge tallied on the power play with eight seconds remaining in the opening stanza when Liam McInnis wristed home his fifth of the campaign, making it a 2-1 contest. 

Jacob Visentini recorded his seventh of the season 11:37 into the second when he sent a rocket from the slot past Logan Falk, which tied the game at two.

The Ice Wolves erupted for four goals in the final frame en route to the victory. Lleyton Shearon, Ethan Strik, Trenton Curtis and Dylan Handel provided the offensive punch in the third. 

Ethan Strik’s return to the lineup Saturday was felt. The Richmond, B.C. product scored and also blocked several key shots throughout the game.

“My linemates played great,” said Strik. “Everyone around me was supportive. It was just good to be back and I was able to capitalize on a misplay by their goalie.”

Meantime, Topher Chirico was sensational for the Ice Wolves Saturday, making 29 saves for his 12th win of the season. 

With the victory, the Ice Wolves improved to 29-17-5, which has them occupying fourth in the SJHL standings at the moment.

La Ronge will look for its second straight win Friday in Melfort when they open a home-and-home series with the Mustangs.