Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ice Wolves solve Bombers

The La Ronge Ice Wolves recorded their second straight win Friday night at home when they beat the Flin Flon Bombers 5-1.

“I kind of thought we got outworked a little bit there in the first and second,” said Ice Wolves Asst. Coach Kyle Schneider. “We just had to get back to moving our feet, simplifying the game. Hard work is tough to beat. I thought we came out in the third and showed how the Ice Wolves are supposed to play.”

The Ice Wolves opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the game when Thomas Wright picked the puck up off a turnover and beat Kenneth Marquart on the ice. La Ronge took a 2-0 advantage 6:51 into the first after Cobe Delaney notched his first SJHL goal on a two-on-one.

The Bombers would tally their only goal of the contest 10:21 into the second when Alex Von Sprecken beat Dawson Smith on the power play. Smith was sensational, turning away 50 shots for his 19th win of the season.

La Ronge added some insurance 3:45 into the third frame Trenton Curtis recorded his 16th of the campaign. Jacob Visentini and Thomas Wright would both find the back of the net later in the third as the Ice Wolves secured two points at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.

“The first couple periods there, I thought we weren’t doing the best, they were beating us to pucks,” said La Ronge forward Cobe Delaney. “At the end, we turned it around, everybody played their part.”

With the win, the Ice Wolves improved to 32-18-5 on the season, which still has them in fifth spot in the SJHL standings.

La Ronge will close out the regular season Saturday night in Flin Flon versus the Bombers. The Ice Wolves need a win to secure home ice in the opening round of the playoffs versus the Melfort Mustangs.