The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will look to keep their momentum rolling on Sunday night as the club searches for a fourth straight win with the Winkler Flyers paying a visit to Waywayseecappo.
There was no shortage of excitement during the Wolverines 5-4 come from behind win over the Portage Terriers on Saturday night.
The Wolverines came back from being down three times against Portage and showed their resilience each time. Scoring on 3 of 4 powerplay opportunities, the Wolverines made their effort on special teams count with being able to kill off all four Terrier powerplays as well.
It will be another stiff test for the Wolverines on Sunday when the Flyers arrive to play their third game in as many nights.
Head to Head
It’s been another exciting season series between the Wolverines and Flyers this year with Wayway going 1-1-0-1. The Wolverines won their most recent meeting back on December 3 in a 3-2 triumph of the Flyers on home ice.
After Winkler opened the scoring, the Wolverines rattled off three straight goals before allowing a late one with Winkler on a 6-on-4 powerplay with their goalie pulled.
That would be as close as the Flyers would get as the Wolverines picked up their first win in the season series.
Although the previous two meetings ended in losses for the Wolverines, the team was inches away from taking a regulation win in Winkler but would end up falling in a shootout. Their first meeting in Wayway saw the Wolverines come out a little bit flat after falling behind in the second.
After stumbling to finish the month of November and start of December, the Winkler Flyers seem to be back on track following a pair of impressive wins over the Dauphin Kings.
In those two victories on Friday and Saturday, Winkler outscored Dauphin 13-4 which included a seven-goal outburst in the third period of what was a 1-1 game going into the final twenty minutes of play.
The Flyers received a boost to their lineup recently with last year’s leading scorer, Eric Fawkes returning from his stint in the NAHL.
Jayden McCarthy and Drake Burgin continue to lead the charge for the Flyers offensively with both skaters clipping at more than a point-per-game pace.
News and Notes
The Wolverines are just two points ahead of the Flyers who happen to have five games in hand on the Wolverines prior to Sunday night. Swan Valley sits just one point ahead of the Wolverines for third place with two games in hand.
Saturday nights victory over the Portage Terriers was Liam Tereposky’s fifth win in his last six starts as it seems the 17-year-old goaltender has taken the reigns in the Wolverines crease.
After the Wolverines powerplay went 3-for-4 on Saturday, the teams’ percentage with the man-advantage rose to 22.1%, good enough for fifth in the MJHL.
Wolverines Captain, Nick Doyle had himself a night on Saturday, scoring two goals and two assists while recent trade acquisition Cody Thompson also had a big night against his former team in notching a goal and assist.
Doyle now leads the Wolverines in scoring with 10 goals and 23 assists in 35 games.
After Sunday nights game, the Wolverines will have just two more games before the Christmas break including Tuesday night at home against Winnipeg and Saturday night on the road in Dauphin.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Flyers live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.
Matt Friesen will also have the call of the game on Country 88.9 in Winkler or online at pembinavalleyonline.com