Comeback Bid Falls Short As Wolverines Drop 4-3 Decision To Pistons

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines stormed back from down 3-0 to the tie game up late in the third before Zach Purcell scored with 2:27 remaining to lift the Steinbach Pistons up over the Wolverines, 4-3.

Both the Wolverines and Pistons used their speed in the opening half of the first period. It wasn’t until a Reagan Rabbit high-sticking double-minor that the goose egg would be broken.

Carter Loney made a nice move around Jaymes Knee and walked in to beat Thomson Phinney over his glove to give the Pistons a 1-0 lead.

With four and a half minutes to play, Ty Naaykens would score at the side of the net to give the Pistons a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

It was the Wolverines who dominated most of the second period thanks to three chances on the man-advantage. Despite getting two really good opportunities, the Wolverines just couldn’t beat Pistons Goaltender, Matt Lenz.

After the Wolverines were outshot 16-9 in the first, they would storm back in the second period and outshoot the Pistons 11-5.

Kyle Bettens increased the Pistons lead to 3-0 just 3:59 into the third.

Just over three minutes after Steinach added to their lead, Gerrik Ripley capped off a nice passing play off a 2-on-1 with Jaymes Knee to cut the team’s deficit to 3-1.

The Wolverines would get their fifth powerplay of the night and it would finally pay dividends. Rayman Bassi knocked home a rebound on the door-step to pull the Wolverines to within one. Jaymes Knee added his second assist of the night while Conrad Phillips notched the other.

On their sixth man-advantage of the night, the Wolverines would connect once more to tie the game at 3-3. Jaymes Knee found the rebound and fired it past a sprawling Lenz to notch his third point of the night. Defencemen, Jack Kennedy and Alex Lucken picked up the helpers on the scoring play.

When it looked like the two clubs were going to need extra time, the Steinbach Pistons would strike only 19 seconds after Knee tied it to take the 4-3 lead.

The Wolverines would make a late push and pull Thomson Phinney for the extra attacker, but that would be all as the Wolverines would fall 4-3 to the Steinbach Pistons to drop to 14-8-2-1 on the season.

Next up for the Wolverines is a date with the Swan Valley Stampeders on Thursday night in Waywayseecappo.