Special Teams Sink the Wolverines in Winnipeg on Saturday Night

The Winnipeg Blues scored two powerplay goals on ten chances and defeated the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 3-2 on Saturday night in Winnipeg.

The play in the first ten minutes of the first would go back and forth between the Wolverines and Blues until some penalty trouble cost the Wolverines a goal.

Ryley Cardinal and Caleb Paisley would take penalties back to back which would see the league’s best penalty kill surrender a goal to the Blues. Braeden Binda beat Isaac LaBelle on the screen to put Winnipeg in front 1-0.

Less than four minutes later, Morgan Poirier walked into the zone on his off-wing and snapped one past Jeremy Link’s glove, scoring in his third straight game, tying it up at 1-1.

Following the first period, penalty trouble would follow the Wolverines into the second as the club would take six infractions. And, just six minutes into the frame, Brayden Foreman would get on the board for Winnipeg, giving the Blues a 2-1 lead.

The Wolverines would make some noise just after the midway point of the period when Conrad Phillips and Kylar Fenton connected with Jake Bestul who made no mistake, tying the game at 2-2 on a nice move past Link.

Winnipeg would once again regain the lead no more than five minutes after the Wolverines tied it up. Binda would score his second powerplay goal of the game to give the Blues a 3-2 lead heading into the break.

Despite the Wolverines taking nine penalties before the media timeout in the third, they would lead the shot clock 37-27.

Special teams would be the biggest factor on the night as the Wolverines would take their tenth penalty of the game with just over two minutes to go in the third.

After killing off their tenth penalty, Isaac LaBelle would go off for the extra attacker with just over 40 seconds left, but the Wolverines couldn’t get possession and would fall 3-2 to the Winnipeg Blues.

Final shots on net were 42-29 for the Wolverines, with Blues netminder Jeremy Link making a few quality saves for Winnipeg to give them the win.

The loss drops the Wolverines record to 11-8-1-2. The team will see a seven-day break in-between games before they host the Portage Terriers on the 18th in Waywayseecappo.