Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ice Wolves Dominate Broncos

Courtesy of Braden Malsbury, MBC Radio News

The La Ronge Ice Wolves recorded their second straight win on Saturday in Humboldt when they dumped the Broncos 5-1. 

“I think it was our best game by far, this year,” said Ice Wolves Associate Coach Gaelan Patterson. “It’s awesome because we just had that trade. We have some new guys and they are clicking right away, it’s exciting. Now we got a week of practice, we can put them to work again and get ready to keep this rolling.” 

The Ice Wolves wasted no time getting on the board. Just 23 seconds into the game, Aaron Greyeyes tucked home his fifth of the campaign. La Ronge took a 2-0 lead 40 seconds into the contest when Daylon Mannon sent a missile upstairs for his 13th of the season. The Ice Wolves made it a 3-0 game 11:35 into the first when Spencer Kennedy drove home his third of the campaign. 

La Ronge took a commanding 4-0 advantage 1:21 into the second on the power play when James Philpott hammered home his first as an Ice Wolf from the point. Humboldt scored its lone goal of the game 2:51 into the second when Graysen Cameron notched his third marker of the year. 

The Ice Wolves took a 5-1 lead 6:40 into the third when Spencer Kennedy showed great finesse and sent a rocket upstairs for his second of the evening. A few minutes after Kennedy’s marker, a fight broke out between La Ronge’s James Philpott and Humboldt’s Logan Foster. Philpott came to the aid of Daylon Mannon, who was being harassed by Foster. 

“(James) Philpott has been awesome, right from the start. He even stepped up and had a fight there, protecting a teammate, that’s huge. He’s just like a quiet, poised presence on the blue line, perfect for the power play. You can see we are getting more looks,” said Ice Wolves Associate Coach Gaelan Patterson. “With Booker (Chacalias), he’s a smaller, skilled player. He’s playing with guys, he’s playing with Mish and they are connecting. It’s going well for them so far.” 

Meantime, Liam Mcgarva turned away 31 shots for his eighth win of the season. McGarva did not face a ton of quality opportunities, but he was there when called upon. 

With the win, the Ice Wolves improved to 9-11-2 on the campaign, which still has them sitting in seventh place in the standings. The Ice Wolves will search for their third straight win next Friday at home when they host the Kindersley Klippers at the Mel Hegland Uniplex. 

The Ice Wolves finish next weekend off with another home date Saturday at the Mel against the Klippers.