Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ice Wolves solve Hawks 

The La Ronge Ice Wolves picked up their second straight win Saturday in Nipawin when they beat the Hawks 6-3. 

“We probably didn’t like our start, but we stuck with it,” said Ice Wolves Asst. Coach Kyle Schneider. “In the second period, we came out with a huge response and took the lead.” 

Mason Bueckert had a whale of a game, recording his first career junior hat trick, while Jacob Cossette, Rylan Silzer and Parker Layton rounded out the scoring for the Ice Wolves. Meantime, Topher Chirico was sensational in the La Ronge net, making 44 saves for his 11th victory this season. 

Reese Malkewich, Maguire Ratzlaff and Zander Stewart found the back of the net for the Hawks. 

Jackson Fellner got the start in the Nipawin net, but he was replaced by Jayden Kraus after surrendering four goals on eight shots. Kraus, who plays for the Prince Albert Mintos, allowed one goal on eight shots. 

“I’ve been snake-bitten a little bit these past couple of games,” said Ice Wolves forward Mason Bueckert. “I just got the puck in places that I could score tonight.”

With the win, the Ice Wolves improved to 27-14-4 on the season, which still has them occupying second in the SJHL standings. La Ronge is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. 

The Ice Wolves will now take some time off to rest before they get set for a four-game southern swing, which begins next Friday night in Weyburn versus the Red Wings.