Strong Effort From Wolverines Ties Quarterfinal Series At 1-1

Brody Moffatt scored the game-winner 2:13 into the third period while Colin Ahern stopped 29 shots to help lead the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to a 4-3 win over the Swan Valley Stampeders in game two of the MJHL quarterfinal best-of-seven.

Just like they did on Friday night, the Stampeders opened the scoring on Monday.

On an early powerplay chance, Nathan Carl beat Colin Ahern to give Swan Valley the 1-0 lead 9:18 into the first.

Unlike last game, the Wolverines found a quick response. 1:01 after Carl gave Swan Valley the lead, Gerrik Ripley took it away when he pounced on a rebound and front and beat Mikael Foucher with a wrist shot from the slot, tying the game up a 1-1.

Alex Lucken and Brody Moffatt picked up the assists on the even-strength marker.

On the Wolverines fourth powerplay opportunity of the night, they would make the most of it.

After Cody Thompson put a puck on net, Rayman Bassi was in the right place at the right time and slid home the rebound to the back of the net, giving the Wolverines their first lead of the series at 2-1.

With just under six minutes to play in the period, Frazer Dodd would clean up a rebound in front of the Wolverines net and tie the game at 2-2 just after a Swan Valley powerplay.

The two clubs would skate into the third period locked up at 2-2, with the Wolverines holding a slight 23-21 lead on the shot clock.

In the opening two minutes of the third, the Wolverines would take their turn and come out with a hot start.

At the side of the net, Conrad Phillips smacked home a rebound to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead just 1:34 into the period.

Just 37 seconds after Phillips gave the Wolverines a one-goal lead, Brody Moffatt found the back of the net for his first of the playoffs to give the Wolverines a 4-2 lead.

Frazer Dodd would score on the powerplay to cut the Wolverines lead to 4-3 with his second of the night with under seven minutes to play in the third.

The Stamps’ would press and pull Mikael Foucher for the extra attacker, but that would be all as the Wolverines would hold off the late push from Swan Valley and pick up the organization’s first playoff win since 2013.

With the series now tied at 1-1, the Wolverines will have a day off from game action on Tuesday before the travel north to Swan Valley for game three on Wednesday night.