The La Ronge Ice Wolves dropped their 13th straight game on Saturday at home when they came up short 5-2 versus the Humboldt Broncos.
“I think we put a pretty good effort forth tonight, I think that the boys battled for the most part and it was a tight game, we just were on the wrong side of it,” said Ice Wolves Assistant Coach Gaelan Patterson. “It’s tough because it’s been quite a stretch now, but we just got to keep pushing. There’s positive signs that the guys are not quitting.”
The Ice Wolves opened the scoring 11:16 into the game on the power play when Jordan Mish sent a blistering shot from the right point past Dane Dow for his 13th of the season. Mish also added an assist on Saturday and extended his point streak to seven games. The Glenavon, SK product has nine points during that span.
The Broncos tied the game at one 3:19 into the second when Zach McIntyre shovelled a rebound past Jordan Frey, who made 59 saves in a losing cause. The Ice Wolves took a 2-1 lead 10:34 into the second when Ben Manson beat Dow five-hole for his fourth of the season. The excitement was short-lived when Zach McIntyre swarmed the net and notched his second of the evening 11:28 into the frame, tying things up at two.
Humboldt went up 3-2 9:29 into the third when Owen Guenter wired a one-timer past Frey on the power play. The Broncos added some insurance and took a 4-2 lead when Bryson Cecconi recorded his ninth of the season 17:19 into the third. Michael Clarke added an empty-netter late in the game, as the Broncos recorded their tenth straight win.
With the loss, the Ice Wolves slipped to 10-41-1-1 on the season, which has them in last in the overall standings. La Ronge will look to rebound next Wednesday in Yorkton when they conclude the season series with the Terriers.
“Yorkton, they kind of rely on a few guys for scoring, they have some threats there and they are a fairly good team,” said Ice Wolves Assistant Coach Gaelan Patterson. “I think we can come in there and with the effort that we’ve been having here with these games lately, I think that we can go in there and pull out a win.”
(PHOTO: The La Ronge Ice Wolves and Humboldt Broncos concluded their season series Saturday. Photo by Braden Malsbury.)