Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ice Wolves drop OT decision 

The La Ronge Ice Wolves are now on the brink of elimination following a 2-1 loss in overtime Friday night in Melfort.

“Great effort by our guys all night,” said Ice Wolves Asst. Coach Kyle Schneider. “They might’ve outshot us, but I thought we did a good job keeping them to the outside.” 

For the third time during the series, regulation solved nothing. It was another goaltending duel Friday night as both teams failed to score in the first period.

The Mustangs opened the scoring 1:39 into the second stanza when David Rioux smacked a loose puck past Dawson Smith, who was brilliant, making 47 saves. 

The Ice Wolves tied the game at one with 4:58 left in the third period when Walker Jerome slid the biscuit past Joel Favreau on the ice for his second of the series. 

Melfort’s Dawson Leroux ended the game 9:26 into the extra session on the power play after netting his second of the series. 

The Ice Wolves now trail the Mustangs 3-2 in what has been an exhilarating series between these two SJHL rivals. La Ronge will try to force game seven Sunday on home ice when they host the Melfort Mustangs at the Mel Hegland Uniplex for the first time this series, with puck drop slated for 5 p.m. 

“The Mel is going to be buzzing, we’ve played the first two home games at the JRMCC Arena, unfortunately due to ice conditions,” said La Ronge forward Ethan Strik. “I think the fans are going to be out there buzzing and I think it should be a good Sunday game.” 

Tickets for game six can be purchased online on our website. 

If required, game seven would take place Tuesday, March 28 at Northern Lights Palace in Melfort.