The La Ronge Ice Wolves returned to the win column Tuesday night in Nipawin when they dumped the Hawks 4-1.
“We started on time tonight,” said Ice Wolves Asst. Coach Kyle Schneider. “We stressed that we needed a better start compared to our games as of late. The boys came out firing on all cylinders tonight – it was nice to see.”
La Ronge opened the scoring 3:49 into the first on the power play when Ethan Strik wired home his 14th of the season past Jackson Fellner, who made 23 saves in a losing cause. Kale Taylor pushed the Wolves ahead 2-0 after notching his sixth of the season 7:08 into the contest.
The Ice Wolves took a 3-0 edge with 25 seconds remaining in the first when Ethan Strik tallied his second of the evening on the man advantage.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second stanza. La Ronge made it a 4-0 game 6:13 into the third when Mason Bueckert directed home his second of the season. Nipawin added a late goal, but the Ice Wolves were too much for the Hawks Tuesday.
Dawson Smith made 30 saves for his 14th victory of the campaign. Meanwhile, La Ronge ended up going 3/7 on the power play at Centennial Arena on Tuesday.
“After coming off a tough week, I think we responded really well,” said La Ronge forward Ethan Strik. “Our resilience is key and we need to finish strong here before the break.”
With the win, the Ice Wolves improved to 20-9-2 on the season, which has them sitting in second in the SJHL standings.
La Ronge will look for its second straight win Wednesday night in Humboldt when they meet the Broncos.