On the topic of horribly misleading headlines... well technically not misleading. The Ice Wolves were perfect in the win/loss column taking a victory in their only game of the week, a 6-5 win over the Kindersley Klippers.
I think the team and coaching staff would be the first to tell you it wasn't exactly a sterling game from La Ronge. The Ice Wolves made good on six opportunities, but felt they could have buried more, not to mention the five goals at the other end of the ice.
Every time the Wolves seemed to gain an edge in the game, the Klippers would get back in it. The Ice Wolves certainly didn't do themselves any favours in that regard, but you have to give credit to a Klippers team entering some slightly uncharted water without three of the big names that have been synonymous with Klipper Hockey for the past couple seasons. The youth was on display, both the good and bad sides of it. Plenty of energy and creativity mixed in with the odd poor decision.
The Ice Wolves featured some youth in the lineup with Brendan Boyd and Jaryd Watson up as AP's from the Beardy's Blackhawks. I got the sense immediately these are two guys that can push for spots next season as they didn't look out of place at all. They were a little tentative in their first couple of shifts, but then settled in and were a ton of fun to watch playing on a line with Brett Hope. The line had three or four great chances to score, but just couldn't quite find the back of the net. Given the opportunity, I don't think Bob Beatty will hesitate to call on them again. Rack up another solid AP performance for the Ice Wolves.
On the veteran side of things,
Marc-Andre Carre continues to roll along since returning to the team. Three points on the evening puts him up to eighteen in seventeen games. He's the only Wolf over 1.00 points per game (though Aaron Enns is close) and showed a pretty dominant game against the Klippers. The main play that comes to mind is his second period assist on Skyler Hladun's twelfth of the season. Carre caught sight of Brett Blatz coming after him and flattened the big Kindersley defender on the attempted hit. Then he dug the puck off the end boards and found Hladun alone in front. A fantastic play for some different reasons than we're used to seeing from Carre.
Speaking of point streaks, Louis-Joseph Sawyer continued his production with an assist on the evening, he's now up to eleven points on the season with most of those coming in the last two weeks.
After Saturday's loss, the Klippers went on to lose the next two of their three-in-three road trip so it was a tough weekend for Kindersley. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, though, Klippers fans. They were fun to watch Friday night and there are players on that team that will become very solid contributors in coming years.
I'll leave you with Skyler Hladun talking about the Wolves win. I'm going to try and do these video interviews on a regular basis. Subscribe to my Youtube Channel to get first crack at any videos I upload.