Mirwald backstops Wolverines to victory

In his first game in a Waywayseecappo Wolverines jersey, goaltender Brett Mirwald stopped 31 shots to give the Wolverines a 4-1 win over the Winkler Flyers.

Mirwald stopped 13 shots in a (at one point) very lopsided second period, and was able to stop all but one shot throughout the contest.

The goalie played in his first game since before November when he suited up for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

Caleb Petrie also added two goals in the win, to give the Wolverines a four point cushion in the race for third place in the MJHL.

Waywayseecappo got the only goal in the first period when Joey Moffatt got his first as a Wolverine in his first game as a member of the squad. The goal was on a powerplay, and was assisted by Lonan Bulger and Boston Bird.

In the second period, the Flyers outplayed for the Wolverines for a 14 minute stretch, never letting the Wolverines get a shot on net. In that time frame, Mike Svenson got it past Mirwald to make it 1-1.

But once Wayway was able to put some shots on Malachi Klassen, they put two past the goalie to make it 3-1 by the end of the period. The first goal was an odd bounce that worked favourably for Carson Baptiste. His shot went off the post, hit the glass behind the net, bounced back and the back of Klassen before sliding into the net.

The second goal for the Wolverines in the period was a tip-in by Petrie after a shot from the point by Reagan Rabbit.

No goals were scored in the third period until an empty netter by Petrie with 55 seconds left in the game. The Wolverines had to kill off four penalties in the third including a 5-on-3 that lasted a minute and a half.

The Wolverines bounced back from a bad performance on the penalty kill on Sunday against Steinbach, where they let in four powerplay goals. This time they killed off all 8 penalties. They were 1 for 4 on the powerplay.

The two teams will play once again on Sunday, this time in Winkler at 3:00pm.