The Ice Wolves played back-to-back home games this weekend against the Kindersley Klippers and Yorton Terriers, both teams from outside their Sherwood Division.
On Friday night against the Klippers, the Wolves’ Aaron Greyeyes opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first assisted by Gavin Mattey. The Klippers would respond with a shorthanded goal by Ethan King at 17:50. In the second La Ronge made it 2 -1 on Curren Wintonyk-Pilot’s unassisted goal at 6:55. Kindersley tied it up again with their second shorthanded goal of the night at 7:51 scored by Matthew Mazzocchi. They then took the lead at 11:55 with a goal by Aidan Bangs. In the third, Jake Mitchell would score 11 seconds in to give the Klippers a two-goal edge. Aaron Greyeyes responded on the penalty kill with his second of the night and eighth of the season, again assisted by Gavin Mattey. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Wolves would come as Matthew Mazzocchi would seal the deal for the Klippers at 12:25 and the Wolves would fall 5 – 3. The score certainly could have been worse for the Ice Wolves who spent most of the game in their own end and gave up 47 shots on Xavier Cannon who held them in the game. The Ice Wolves could only muster 24 shots on Kindersley netminder Brett Sweet.
The Saturday game against the Yorkton Terriers started on a high note for the Wolves when Connor Abric scored at 0:37 assisted by Walker Jerome and Brandon Della Paolera. Enrique Fontes replied for the Terriers at 10:44. The Wolves struck again very early in the second on the powerplay when Gavin Mattey scored his eighth of the season 27 seconds in with assists to Walker Jerome and Nate Looft. However, after the Mattey goal, the Terriers would push La Ronge back into their own end for most of the period with an effective forecheck for which the Wolves had no answer. Xavier Cannon held the fort as best he could, but Yorkton finally notched the tying marker on a powerplay goal by Tyson Perkins at 17:55. Yorkton would dominate the third with goals by Tanner Sklaruk at 7:21, Kishaun Gervais at 16:05, and an empty netter by Colby Vranai at 18:18. For the second night in a row, the Ice Wolves were significantly outshot 46 – 23.
The team will have a few days to work on preparing for their next outings which are a home and home series with the Nipawin Hawks on November 5th and 6th. The Hawks have been struggling of late and sit just 2 points ahead of the Ice Wolves in the standings, so this coming weekend is a big one for both teams. Catch the action in La Ronge at 7:30 at the Mel Hegland Uniplex. The Saturday game is also at 7:30 and will be on HockeyTV and Ice Wolves radio. Just click on the link at www.icewolves.ca.