Coming into the weekend the Ice Wolves needed a couple of wins to attempt to put distance between themselves and Melfort. On the other side, Melville needed to gain some points on Notre Dame in a slightly more dire situation on the playoff bubble in the Sherwood Conference.
The Ice Wolves managed to come out with two wins, one a solid 5-2 win and followed it up with a not so solid 3-2 come from behind win.
This weekend was quite revealing about this Ice Wolves team as they get ready for the final ten games of the season.
Just so you know, I'll put up a recap of the weekend tomorrow once the two games are done. I'll see how that works and likely do that again for the Flon Flon back to back barring anything crazy happening, which is likely.
For tonight though, the Millionaires played a solid game Friday led by Zach Rakochy's 52 saves, and Tyson Newell playing a fantastic game. They just couldn't keep up with the Ice Wolves who were running a revolving door of line combinations en route to a 5-2 win. The Wolves have been playing some of their best hockey of the season, in the last few games which is bad news for teams in the SJHL.
Good news for Ice Wolves fans there is still room to improved as this team doesn't appear to have peaked yet and could be saving it for the playoffs.
1. Phil Cliche - LR - 2 G - Just when Melville had brought the game within one, Cliche came up with two big goals to stretch out the lead. Something that gets missed with the strength of the Wolves big line is how great a season this 18 year old is having.
2. Zach Rakochy - MEL - 52 Svs - It's not often you allow 5 goals and still have a +.900 save percentage. Rakochy was superb in the loss, keeping the Wolves at bay through most of the game. The future is bright in net for Melville.
3. Travis Eggum - LR - 1 G, 1 A - The big guy keeps on rolling. His 46th goal of the season and he's closing in on the 90 point plateau (86). He continues to be a force on the ice every time he leaves the bench.
No webcast tonight, I just get to sit and enjoy the game. I'll keep you updated through twitter though!
For the first time in nearly a week, the Ice Wolves will be back at it. Their opponents Friday, the Melville Millionaires. A lot of people saw the Mills faltering big time without Brayden Metz and Cody Hanson, but they've played reasonably well, they're over.500 in their last ten games.
That being said, Melville faces the very real possibility of being run down by Notre Dame. The Hounds beat the Klippers... yes the Klippers, last night and sit two points back. The good news? The Mills hold three games in hand on the Hounds. The bad news? Melville plays two against the Wolves this weekend, and next week, the North Stars and two against Yorkton before facing Notre Dame.
Can this desperate team pick up a win or two in La Ronge? Read on for a preview of tonight's game.
The Ice Wolves get back to it tomorrow, but in the meantime, I'm going to stay out of the SJHL and take a look at the NHL All-Star Weekend.
No NHL games tonight as the All-Stars make their way to Raleigh and other players head home for some well deserved R & R. The weekend's festivities get started tomorrow night with the NHL All-Star Draft.
With the Ice Wolves off until Friday, I'm going to take a break from talking about the Wolves and turn my attention to the NHL. More precisely, my home town of Calgary, and the Flames. In the past couple weeks there have been some goings on that don't quite sit with me.
Don't sit with me at all... it's rant time.
After a strong effort against Weyburn, the Wolves needed that effort to carry on against Flin Flon Saturday night. The Ice Wolves, as Coach Beatty would say, “played Ice Wolves’ Hockey” for sixty minutes Saturday and the Bombers couldn't hold them back.
The Wolves took the game at a 5-1 score, and this one got a little wacky. It’s always a great time at the Whitney Forum, although I don’t think many of the fans were too happy with how this one turned out.
Read of for a recap of the Wolves third visit to the Forum.
OH MY GOD!! A DOUBLE TITLE!!! ALL ACROSS THE TOP... what does this mean???
Hilarious youtube videos aside it means back to back games for the Ice Wolves.
The Wolves came out with possibly their best effort since the break and rolled by the Red Wings 5-2 Friday, now they need to duplicate that game against Flin Flon Saturday.
Read on for a quick recap and a preview of the two games!
Man it's been a busy day, hence this post coming a little later than usual. Of course you don't care about my excuses so let's get to it shall we?
The Ice Wolves fell to the Bombers on Tuesday in a game that was clearly not a 60 minute effort. This team seems to go through 3 or 4 game winning streaks before a reset is needed for them to get to playing like Bob Beatty wants them to. For about half the game on Tuesday the Ice Wolves played their game and dominated. Very similar to their last meeting with Weyburn. Really, the Wolves controlled about 80% of that 3-2 loss in Weyburn, but fell to some solid goaltending and Jesse Ross victimizing La Ronge twice early in the second.
Read on for my preview of tonight's game.
Here we go, attempt 2.0. I was 95% done the first time around when I went to check a stat and accidentally closed my web browser, deleting my entire post.
So... let's do this again. With the Mustangs in Yorkton and the Bombers in town, the time looked right for the Ice Wolves to open up a little more breathing room on Melfort. It didn't turn out anything like the Ice Wolves had hoped. In a league where anyone can beat anyone on any night, the Bombers proved it true, taking a 4-1 win on the Wolves home ice. Melfort picked up a win in Yorkton and the Wolves now only sit 4 points ahead of the Mustangs, who hold a game in hand.
Read on for a recap of Tuesday's action.
First off, my car actually started today! Good times. You know it's gonna be a better day when it begins with your car actually starting. That opposed to when we got back from the Battlefords and Alex Vandenameele had to give me a boost (thanks man) and not starting yesterday. It took a 40 minute drive after a few boosts, but it looks like my car is running again, but, will it make it through tonight's game with no plug in? That's the real game story tonight.
Ok, enough about my car issues and onto the hockey, which is why you're really here. You may have noticed the 1/5 as part of the title. The Wolves and Bombers come together tonight for the first instalment of five over the next ten games, and I'm not creative enough to come up with different titles for each match-up. The first meeting is in La Ronge tonight and there's plenty to talk about, no guarantees it doesn't involve my car.
Read on for a preview of what's goin down in the Mel tonight.