Slow Start Sinks Wolverines In Steinbach

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines battled back hard in the third period, but it was all too little too late as two early goals from the Steinbach Pistons were enough to down the Wolverines 4-2 on Friday night.

It was all Pistons in the first period as the Wolverines couldn’t quite get any momentum in the offensive zone.

Just prior to the midway mark of the first, Rylan Bettens would give the Pistons a 1-0 lead before Carter Loney would double up the Pistons lead no more than two minutes later.

Neither the Wolverines or Pistons would take a penalty in the first, as the Pistons would take that 2-0 lead into the second, leading the shot clock by a commanding 20-8 count.

The Wolverines seemed to come alive in the second period thanks to an early powerplay chance after Tucker Hodgson was called for high-sticking.

Despite getting a couple of good chances, the Wolverines just couldn’t get anything to go. After some more pressure for the Wolverines,  things would go the way of the Pistons.

Just four and a half minutes apart, Carter Loney would score back to back goals for the natural hat-trick to give the Pistons a 4-0 lead late in the second despite the Wolverines pouring on the pressure for most of the frame.

In the third period, it was all Wolverines. After some great pressure early on, Nick Doyle would cash on the powerplay with his goal on the doorstep to cut the deficit to 4-1.

The goal seemed to spark the club as just 29 seconds later, Gerrick Ripley would drop a pass for Jaymes Knee who whistled one past Lenz with the slap shot to bring the Wolverines within two.

The Wolverines would continue to pour it on late and pull Thomson Phinney for the extra attacker, but Matt Lenz held down the fort for the Pistons as Steinbach would take the 4-2 win.

Now 7-3-2-0 on the season, the Wolverines will have a quick chance to bounce back as they will cap off their two-game road trip on Saturday night in Selkirk against the Steelers.