Bassi Lifts Wolverines To Victory With Overtime Winner

Rayman Bassi walked down the wing and sniped top-shelf 1:29 into overtime to help lead the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to a 4-3 victory over the Neepawa Natives on Friday night.

An early interference penalty from the Wolverines would lead to Konnor Carlson beating Liam Tereposky on the man-advantage, giving Neepawa a 1-0 lead.

It took until 16:22 of the first period for the Wolverines to respond when Rayman Bassi slid one through the five-hole of Michael Davis to tie the game up at 1-1 heading into the first intermission. Captain, Nick Doyle notched the only assist on the tying goal.

The Wolverines got off to a much better start in the second period with a pair of goals in the first 9:16. Kris Bladen’s eighth of the season gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead just 3:14 into the frame with Gerrik Ripley drawing the lone assist.

Six minutes later, Jacob Charko beat Michael Davis with his first of the season to put the Wolverines ahead 3-1. Brody Moffatt and Anthony Bilka connected on the assists.

Only two minutes later, Neepawa mounted a quick response when Rylan Gudnason beat Tereposky to bring the Natives within one.

Just before the end of the frame, Natives leading scorer Eli Lieffers would knot the game at 3-3 to send the two clubs into the second intermission all tied up.

The third period would solve nothing and the two clubs would need extra time. In the overtime period, Rayman Bassi skated down the right wing and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Michael Davis to give the Wolverines a 4-3 overtime win with his second goal of the night.

Anthony Bilka picked up the lone assist on the winning goal while Liam Tereposky stopped 19 of 22 shots to pick up his second consecutive win.

Now 17-11-2-2 on the season, the Wolverines will have a short turnaround as they will hit the road on Saturday night for a rematch against the Natives.