Playoff Race Tightening As Wolverines Prepare To Battle Steelers

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will look to make it three in a row on Friday night when the team travels to Selkirk to open up a two game road trip.

Sitting two points out of the final playoff spot in the MJHL, the Wolverines are coming off a big 4-2 road win over the Steinbach Pistons and now find themselves two points back of the Winker Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Run Down 

In their last meeting, the Steelers scored early and often in game one of the MJHL Showcase and took advantage of a struggling Wolverines club in a 6-1 loss back on December 10th. Now 2-2-0-0 in the season series with the Steelers, the Wolverines will look to edge closer to a playoff spot while gaining an advantage on the Steelers in the season series.

The Steelers are fresh off a 3-2 shootout loss to the OCN Blizzard on Tuesday night in a game that saw their offense fire 75 shots on the Blizzard net. Having gone just 5-4-0-1 in their last ten outings, it can be expected the Steelers will come out strong again.

Keys to the Game

The Wolverines have scored powerplay goals in back to back outings and will look to take advantage of a Selkirk Steelers penalty kill that is operating at just 77.7%.

Sounding like a broken record, Wolverines netminder Isaac LaBelle will once again need to be at his best on Friday night when the Wolverines roll into Selkirk. The 20-year-old was outstanding in the clubs 4-2 win over the Pistons last weekend, stopping 33 of 35 shots.

Getting pucks on net and traffic in front proved to be the difference in the Wolverines previous two victories and the club should see some more success if they can continue to stay the course and play their game.

News and Notes

The Wolverines will be without Jake Bestul, Trent Halfdanson and Preston Seymour on Friday night, with all three battling the flu bug.

Game Updates

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