By Craig Stein
ICE WOLVES SNAP LOSING STREAK, KLIPPERS WIN AGAIN
A 14-game losing streak is over, as the La Ronge Ice Wolves (7-25-0-0) picked up a 3-1 win over the Battlefords North Stars (16-9-2-4) at a neutral site game in Pinehouse on Thursday night.
With no online scoring, full stats were unavailable at post time. The two teams square off again on Friday, this time at the Mel Hegland Uniplex in La Ronge.
It’ll be a happy bus ride home for the Kindersley Klippers, who wrapped up a strange La Ronge-Notre Dame-Weyburn 3-in-3 road trip with a clean sweep. The Klippers beat Weyburn 5-3 on Thursday, winning three straight this week and now six straight overall, moving into a tie for top spot with Humboldt in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, and a three-way tie with Humboldt and Nipawin for the league lead.
Weyburn held 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but the Klippers rattled off four unanswered for the win. Austin Nault and Blake Kleiner each had a goal and an assist, while Ty Enns got them on the board, with Josh Fletcher and Kyle Bosch scoring four minutes apart in the third period to tie and take the lead. Justen Close made 28/31 saves in goal for Kindersley (20-8-2-1).
Tyran Brown and Carson Scheschuk scored first period goals for the Wings (10-17-3-0), just over a minute apart to put them ahead early. Zac Gladu added one more in the second, and Riley Lamb made 32/36 saves.
After that gruelling road swing, the Klippers get the weekend off and are back in action next Wednesday at home against Nipawin. Also, after six of their last seven games away from home, that will kick off four straight at home, including three before Christmas.
The Wings have three more in a row at home to finish their pre-holiday schedule, starting Friday against Notre Dame.