Tyler Leibl scored the overtime winner for Waywayseecappo as the Wolverines rallied back from down 3-1 in the third period to defeat the Portage Terriers 4-3 in extra time on Wednesday night.
Early in the first period, Waywayseecappo would get off to another quick start. Just 6:32 in, Reagan Rabbit’s point shot would beat Nathan Moore low glove side.
After some more pressure from the Wolverines, Portage would find their stride. Riley Bruce’s slot shot would find a bounce off of traffic in front and hit the post to find its way in to tie things up at 1-1.
Through the first ten minutes of the second period, both teams would get a couple of chances, but nothing noteworthy.
It wasn’t until the 12:04 mark that the deadlock would be broken. Lane Taylor would give the Terriers a 2-1 lead only before Sam Huston would strike on the powerplay three minutes later to give Portage a 3-1 advantage heading into the final twenty minutes.
The Wolverines came out firing in the third period and would take some early momentum. 59 seconds in, Matt Swanson got one past Moore to bring the Wolverines within one. Tyler Leibl and Noah Westgate drew assists on the goal.
Portage would get into some early powerplay trouble and it would pay off for the Wolverines. Alex Lucken would tee one up from the point and blast it through Moore to tie the game up at 3-3. Both Matt Swanson and Jack Kennedy would pick up their second assists on the night on the play.
Each team would have to kill off some late penalties and the two clubs would head to overtime locked at 3-3.
In overtime, the Wolverines held possession for most of the period and it would certainly work in their favor.
Anthony Bilka would pick up the puck and throw it on the net. The rebound would pop out to Tyler Leibl in front and he would make no mistake, smacking it through the five-hole of Moore to give the Wolverines a 4-3 overtime win.
Now 8-4-2-1 on the season, the Wolverines will have a few days off from game action before they return to home ice to host the Swan Valley Stampeders on Sunday night at 6:00.