Strong Team Play Leads Wolverines To Victory Over Pistons

Isaac LaBelle stopped 33 of 35 shots and the Wolverines got goals from four different players on their way to a 4-2 road win over the Steinbach Pistons on Friday night.

Carrying momentum from Wednesday nights win, the Wolverines had another outstanding first period in Steinbach,

Just 3:29 in, Preston Seymour was Johnny on the spot in front when he banged home a rebound off the equipment of Piston’s goalie Matt Lenz. Dylan Soosay made a nice drive to the front of the net to set up the marker, adding an assist on his birthday.

No more than seven minutes later, Anthony Bilka walked down the left wing and handcuffed Lenz, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 lead after his shot trickled in over the goalie line.

The Pistons would apply some pressure in the first ten minutes of the second, but it would be the Wolverines who would strike late in the frame.

Despite Karstin McDonald taking a late interference call, Conrad Phillips would get sprung on his second breakaway of the game and this time he would make no mistake, firing one past the glove of Lenz to give the Wolverines a 3-0 lead after forty minutes of play.

The Wolverines continued to play their brand of hockey in the first half of the final twenty minutes and would capitalize on the powerplay. With a screen set in front, Jack Kennedy’s point shot would beat Lenz through his five-hole, giving the Wolverines a 4-0 lead. Anthony Bilka would pick up his second point of the night with an assist while Kylar Fenton would add his second assist of the night.

With 6:39 to play, Steinbach would get a powerplay marker of their own to cut the Wolverines lead to 4-1. And just 17 seconds later, Steinbach would strike again to narrow Waywayseecappo’s lead to two.

In the dying minutes, Steinbach would pull Lenz for the extra attacker and put the pressure on, but the Wolverines would hang on and pick up a pair of important points in the 4-2 victory.

Now 18-23-2-2 on the season, the Wolverines sit two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the MJHL. Next up for the Wolverines is a game on Wednesday, January 30th when the Winnipeg Blues pay a visit to Waywayseecappo.