The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will look to cut into the Portage Terriers 2-0 series lead on Wednesday night when the club travels south for game three in the best-of-seven MJHL quarterfinal series.
In games one and two, it was just a few mental errors that led to a pair of losses for the Wolverines as they’ll try to right the ship and pick up their first win against the Terriers this season.
The Run Down
After dropping game one in Portage 4-1 in a contest where Waywayseecappo started to find their game late, they then carried that momentum into game two where a 1-1 tie was broken by the Terriers with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.
The Wolverines played a solid game and deserved to be rewarded for their hard work, but it doesn’t always work like that on the ice. If Waywayseecappo can continue to play as they did on Sunday night in game two, they will certainly make a series out of it.
Although both teams couldn’t score on a combined ten powerplay chances in game two, the Terriers did manage to open the scoring on a shorthanded marker.
Keys to the Game
Stay the course.
The Wolverines need to stick to their systems and play their brand of hockey that makes them successful.
It’s no easy feat to shut down the offensive abilities of the Portage Terriers, but the Wolverines are starting to figure out what they need to do to limit the Terriers chances. Using their speed to stay hard on pucks and finishing every check is key in wearing down the Terriers.
When Isaac LaBelle is at his best, so are the Wolverines. After a shaky start in game one, Isaac settled in nicely to finish off the second and third periods. Although he only saw 27 shots in game two, he looked like was back to MVP form allowing two goals on those 27 shots.
There’s also no arguing with the fact that these two teams do not like each other. If the Wolverines can find a way to get under the Terriers skin and turn it into powerplay goals or chances, that would be a feather in the cap for the Wolverines.
News and Notes
It looks like the Wolverines will go with the same lineup they used in game two as the club played their closest game of the season against the Terriers.
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