The Waywayseecappo Wolverines (21-14-2-2) return to the ice for the first time in 2020 on Sunday night when they host the Dauphin Kings (17-15-3-2).
In their last ten games of 2019, the Wolverines went 6-4-0-0 down the stretch including a four-game win streak.
The Wolverines final game of 2019 just happened to be against the Dauphin Kings and it’s one that the club would certainly like to make up for on Sunday after losing 3-2.
Head to Head
It has been one of the Wolverines closest matchups throughout the regular season and it certainly shows with their 2-2-0-0 record in their four previous meetings with the Kings.
After a scoreless first period, Dauphin jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second. Logan Wotton’s 2nd of the season cut that deficit to one just prior to the end of the frame.
Both clubs exchanged goals in the first few minutes of the third and that would be all as the Wolverines would come close but the Kings seemed to do enough to secure the 3-2 victory.
It should be another tight meeting on Sunday when these two evenly matched teams meet.
The Kings ended 2019 with a 5-3 loss to the OCN Blizzard that would give the Kings their fifth loss over their last six games leading into the break.
Going 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games of 2019, it’s been a tale of two teams for the Kings this season. It wasn’t too long ago where the Kings rattled off a season-high, eight wins in a row which really showed the teams offensive power.
Boasting two of the league’s top scorers in Grady Hobbs and Nakodan Greyeyes, the Kings certainly have the power upfront but seem to lack a killer instinct on the back end for stretches of games.
The Kings will play three games in four nights to open their 2020 schedule starting tonight in Waywayseecappo, Virden on Tuesday and OCN on Wednesday.
News and Notes
The Wolverines hold a seven-point lead on the Kings and sit two spots in front of them in the MJHL standings leading into Sunday. However, the Kings do hold two games in hand on the Wolverines.
Waywayseecappo has scored the most powerplay goals in the MJHL (42) and sit fourth with their 22.8% conversion rate with the man-advantage.
Including Sunday night’s game against the Kings, the Wolverines have just 21 games remaining in their regular-season schedule.
The January 10th roster deadline is quickly approaching as teams make their final player decisions for the season leading into playoffs.
The Wolverines will see a seven-day break in their schedule from January 18-24 for the MJHL/SJHL Showcase in Regina.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Kings live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.