Special Teams The Difference In 5-4 Overtime Loss To Kings

The Wolverines surrendered four powerplay goals and gave up the game-winner with 56 seconds left to play in overtime on Sunday night to go on and drop a 5-4 decision to the Dauphin Kings.

The Wolverines came to play in the first period and it certainly showed.

Just 1:55 into the game, Noah Westage took a slick feed from Kris Bladen in the slot and slapped the puck past the glove of Matthias Smith to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.

Following the mid-way mark of the opening frame, Cody Thompson’s blast from the point doubled the Wolverines lead with Nick Doyle and Rayman Bassi picking up the helpers.

The Wolverines would have four chances on the powerplay in the opening period but just couldn’t get one to go with the man-advantage.

Dauphin would score a funny one on the powerplay in the first ten minutes of the second when Austin Lamotte’s shot would ramp up off the stick of Liam Tereposky and find its way to the back of the net, cutting the Wolverines lead to 2-1.

The Wolverines would come up with a response of their own when Cody Thompsons wrist shot beat Smith for his second of the night to give the Wolverines a 3-1 lead. Rayman Bassi would notch his second assist of the evening while Jaymes Knee would draw his first.

Another powerplay for the Kings would see another successful try when Grady Hobbs snapped one past Tereposky in the slot to bring the Kings back to within one at 3-2.

The two clubs would head into the break with the Wolverines holding a slight edge on the shot clock, 23-19.

Dauphin’s powerplay would strike once again in the first ten minutes of the third period as Baron Thompson would notch his 18th of the season to lock the game up at 3-3 for the Kings third powerplay goal in four tries on the night.

The Kings would strike once again on the powerplay with 3:35 to play in the third and take their first lead of the night at 4-3.\

Waywayseecappo would pull Tereposky for the extra attacker and the move would pay off.

Kris Bladen would throw a puck on net from the left half wall with 24 seconds remaining and would tie the game up at 4-4 after a strong play was made by the Wolverines defense to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

Nick Doyle and Cody Thompson would pick up assists on the scoring play.

Off the draw late in overtime, Austin Lamotte would take the puck and go in to beat Tereposky to vault the Kings over the Wolverines, 4-3.

Special teams were certainly the difference on Sunday night with the Kings going 4-for-5 on the man-advantage, while the Wolverines struggled to get much of anything going, striking out and going 0-for-5 with the powerplay.

Now 21-14-3-2 on the season, the Wolverines get back to their regular-season schedule on Tuesday night when they travel to Swan River to take on the Stampeders.