The La Ronge Ice Wolves open the 2023 SJHL playoffs Friday night in Melfort versus the Mustangs.
“Everyone has to step up their game, everyone has to sacrifice their body,” said Ice Wolves Head Coach and GM Kevin Kaminski. “It’s going to be a long road. You’re going to have to fight through adversity.”
The Ice Wolves enter the series as the fifth seed. La Ronge finished the regular season with a 32-19-5 record – good for 69 points. Meantime, the Mustangs ended up with 71 points and secured fourth with their 31-16-9 mark.
La Ronge won the season series 4-2 over the Mustangs. Two of those victories came at the Northern Lights Palace in Melfort.
“It’s a lot harder (the playoffs) and a lot more of a grind me type of game,” said La Ronge forward Walker Jerome. “It’s definitely something we’re excited for and we’re looking forward to heading to the Palace on Friday.”
Game one between the Ice Wolves and the Mustangs kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Melfort. Game two goes Saturday before the series shifts to La Ronge for games three and four next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tickets for games three and four in La Ronge are available online at tickets.icewolves.ca. The box office will also be open Monday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ROUND ONE SCHEDULE
Game 1: Friday, March 17 – 7:30 p.m. @ Melfort
Game 2: Saturday, March 18 – 7:30 p.m. @ Melfort
Game 3: Tuesday, March 21 – 7:30 p.m. @ La Ronge
Game 4: Wednesday, March 22 – 7:30 p.m. @ La Ronge
Game 5: Friday, March 24 – 7:30 p.m. @ Melfort*
Game 6: Sunday, March 26 – 5:00 p.m. @ La Ronge*
Game 7: Tuesday, March 28 – 7:30 p.m. @ Melfort*