The La Ronge Ice Wolves returned to the win column Tuesday night in Melville when they clobbered the Millionaires 6-1.
“Fourth game in five nights – and I thought it was our best effort, that’s good mental toughness by our group,” said Ice Wolves Asst. Coach Kyle Schneider. “Defensively, we were a lot more sound, we stuck to our structure. Offensively, we got rewarded here tonight.”
Mason Bueckert scored twice for the Ice Wolves, while Tommy Wright, Liam McInnis, Dylan Handel and Lleyton Shearon rounded out the offensive production for La Ronge. Dawson Smith was brilliant in the La Ronge net, turning away 34 shots for his 17th win of the campaign.
Felix Beauchemin was the only Melville player to find the back of the net, while Clement Labillois stopped 24 shots in the loss.
“It was just a full team effort, every line contributed and we had all four lines going,” said La Ronge forward Jacob Visentini. “Special teams helped chip in – shorthanded and power play. It was just a big team effort tonight – good to be back in the win column.”
With the win, the Ice Wolves improved to 28-16-5 on the season, which still has them controlling second spot in the SJHL standings.
La Ronge will now take some much-needed time off before making the trek to Kindersley to face the Klippers Feb. 17 at the West Central Events Centre.