Busy morning as the bus leaves around 10:30ish today for Nipawin. So lets do a quick run-down on tonight's contest.
- The season series between the Ice Wolves and Hawks sits 2-1 in Nipawin's favour (NIP7-2, NIP 3-1, LAR 3-2 OT)
- Last meeting was the Ice Wolves 3-2 overtime win, which was probably the best game I've seen this season.
- Tad Kozun has seven points (4-3-7) in three games against the Wolves.
- Pavlo Zerebecky is the top Wolf against the Hawks with three points (2-1-3)
- In the teams' last meeting, Myles Hovdebo posted a .939 Sv Percentage.
- The Ice Wolves come into this game 7-3 in their last ten compared to the Hawks' 4-4-2 record.
- La Ronge plays its next five games on the road before a two month homestand.
- Both teams faced the Weyburn Red Wings in their last games, La Ronge won 6-3 while Nipawin fell in OT, 4-3. Weyburn's Jesse Ross scored all four goals.
- The Hawks feature a balanced attack with ten players in double digits for points on the season. The Wolves have five.
- Tad Kozun leads the Hawks with 23 points, that also leads all rookies.
- The Ice Wolves have had the second most powerplay opportunities in the league. They haven't been able to take advantage with a powerplay percentage of 13.9% (11th). The Penalty is much stronger at fourth in the league (82.1%)
- Skyler Hladun leads the Wolves in scoring with 19 points. He has 10 points over a five game point streak. Those numbers are matched by Jordan Ethier.
- One game after donning the captain's 'C', Aaron Enns notched a hat-trick and leads the Wolves in goal scoring with nine.
- Despite still searching for his first SJHL goal, Ben Bula sits tied with Matt Weisensel for most points on the Ice Wolves blue-line with seven.
- The average age of the Hawks is 18.7 years. The Ice Wolves average is 19.
- The Ice Wolves hold a record of 12-11-0 and sit fifth in the Bauer Conference with 24 points. The Hawks are tied for second with 26 points and a record of 12-5-2.
Hopefully I've sated your need for a bunch of statistics coming into the game. The Ice Wolves are in a spot of injury trouble with Brodie Eisbrenner for a month or more to go along with Alex Vandenameele and David Greyeyes questionable. I'll know more about Vandenameele and Greyeyes closer to gametime, but I'm leaning to they won't play. That means four of the six defencemen in tonight's lineup could be 18 for La Ronge. Nathan Boyer likely won't be 100% if he's in the lineup due to his earlier injury. The Wolves used him sparingly in his first game back, Saturday against Weyburn.
Of course the big question with the Wolves right now is Marc-Andre Carre's status. We won't know anything until later today, but rest assured, I will have my eyes and ears open. If I get confirmation he's coming, you'll know shortly thereafter.
I'll have the call tonight with Lorne Hill from the Cage at 7:15.