Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ice Wolves win second straight 

Photo courtesy of Daniel Despins Photography

The La Ronge Ice Wolves picked up their second straight win Sunday at home when they robbed the Melville Millionaires 4-1.

“I think all four lines contributed tonight, so that’s what you want, we need 20 guys – and we had 20 guys going,” said Ice Wolves Asst. Coach Kyle Schneider. “That’s a gutsy effort at the end of three games in three nights.”

The Ice Wolves opened the scoring at the 9:54 mark when Parker Carrier found the back of the net from the point for his first SJHL goal. La Ronge took a 2-0 edge 12:07 into the contest after Cole Thomas notched his first SJHL marker. 

Cale Nachai cut the lead to one 15:20 into the first when Melville connected on the power play, but it was the only goal the Millionaires would get as Karl Soneff turned away 39 shots for his second consecutive win in the La Ronge net.

Meantime, the Ice Wolves took a 3-1 lead 18:24 into the second on the power play after Liam McInnis sent a twisted wrister past Will Dyke, who made 29 saves in the loss. Raine Hodge added a late goal in the third to seal the victory for the Ice Wolves. 

“I think we were just composed for the whole game, we got a lead and played with it the whole game,” said La Ronge forward Cole Thomas. “Going into the third especially, we didn’t let off the gas at all. We kept them scoreless and then Raine Hodge put the game on ice.”

With the win, the Ice Wolves improved to 5-9-2 on the season, which now has them controlling eighth in the SJHL standings. 

La Ronge will look for its third straight win Friday night at home when they entertain the Estevan Bruins for the first time this season.