A solid win for the Wolves in a reasonably close game with the Mustangs. Melfort came out hard in the first, but couldn't figure out Myles Hovdebo who played a fantastic game.
Hovdebo came within four seconds of his first SJHL shutout. Bit of a heartbreaker on a goal from Cole Horn.
Jesse Wilkins was very good in net for the Mustangs. He can definitely carry the load for the 'Stangs.
Aaron Enns, Marc-Andre Carre and Zac Ashdown combined to score one of the prettiest goals you'll ever see. Enns made a great move to gain the zone and fired to Carre who looked to be out of space before putting a gorgeous pass onto the stick of Zac Ashdown who finished it off.
Gavin Holcomb is making some solid trades. Brandon Sloan looked dangerous in his first game as a Mustang. Jerett Zentner looked good as well.
The Ice Wolves newest acquisition, Brennen Ritchie had a good game, was the evening's third star. Didn't put up any points, but manufactured offence and was good in his own end.
With a goal in the first period, Skyler Hladun is on a nine game point streak. Speaking of streaks, Zac Ashdown has a goal in every game since he joined the Wolves.
1. Myles Hovdebo (G) - LAR - 28 Svs
2. Jesse Wilkins (G) - MELF - 28 Svs
3. Brennen Ritchie (D) - LAR - Strong Game in first outing
The Ice Wolves face the Notre Dame Hounds tonight in Bob Beatty's home town of Watrous. I'll get some pictures of the rink up at a later time as my phone was running low when the team was skating. It's a pretty nice facility despite its age that went through some pretty thorough renovations last year. It was packed last year for this game, and I expect a similar crowd tonight.
A team will rarely play a road game where they will actually garner most of the support. A Watrous Minor Hockey Team was getting ready for a game as the Wolves were coming off the ice. A few of the kids lined up to give the Wolves high fives and tell the older crew they would win against the Hounds. You see why the Ice Wolves will be the supported squad when pretty much everyone knows Bob Beatty and comes up to talk about the team. There's a lot of love around Watrous for the Wolves Head Coach. It should be a fun night that I'm looking forward to.
Alex Vandenameele skated with the team today which could mean he's close to making a return. I don't know if he's in the lineup tonight and I'll try and find that out later in the afternoon. Check out my Twitter page for that update.
The matchups between the Ice Wolves and Hounds this season have been close affairs, but the overall series in the past two seasons is pretty lopsided. The Ice Wolves have won all seven games against the Hounds going back to last season. I believe Myles Hovdebo has played in all seven of those games between the pipes for La Ronge, but that could change tonight as Alex Rajotte will likely get the start.
It's an important game for the Wolves as it's their final road contest before two months of home play. A win would push the Wolves into a tie for second in the Bauer Conference though they will have played more games than the teams they're tied with. The Ice Wolves coaching staff has stated they want to be in or at least fighting for top spot in the Conference by the end of the home stand and picking up two points to finish up on the road would be a good boon to that.
As with last night, Keith Kratchmer will join me on Colour Commentary tonight from the Centennial Arena in Watrous. The Pre-Game show gets going at 7:15 with puck drop at 7:30. During tonight's broadcast we'll hear from the SJHL's Director of Officials, Tracy Cook and I will try to track down a surprise live guest. No promises on the latter.
I don't believe there will be a webcast tonight as there isn't a Neulion hook up in Watrous. So tune in online at mbcradio.com.