Sitting four points back of the Winnipeg Blues for seventh place in the MJHL, the Waywayseecappo Wolverines will look to string together their fourth straight win after the club took out the Selkirk Steelers 2-1 on Friday night.
The two clubs were initially set to meet on Wednesday night in Waywayseecappo but due to the extreme cold conditions, the game would end up being postponed to the end of February.
The Run Down
Entering Saturday nights game. the Wolverines are just 1-3-0-0 in their first four meetings with the Blues this season but managed to pick up a 3-2 win In their last meeting on January 9th. Anthony Bilka notched a pair of goals in the victory while Isaac LaBelle stopped 31 of 33 shots.
While the Wolverines are coming off an impressive 2-1 road win over the Selkirk Steelers, the Blues dropped their previous game 6-3 to the Steinbach Pistons this past Tuesday.
Keys to the Game
Staying discipline at big moments in the game will prove to be one of the key factors for the Wolverines as the club has taken some costly penalties against this Blues team that has led to two one-goal losses.
At 84.9%, the Blues boast the third-best penalty kill in the league and will be up against a Wolverines squad that has managed to now score a powerplay goal in three straight games.
Getting traffic in front of Jeremy Link. It seems like Link has had the Wolverines number this season in 3 of 4 games with how well he has played for the Blues. Waywayseecappo will need to get to the tough areas in front if they want to be successful against Link.
Death, Taxes and Isaac LaBelle serving a brilliant performance. Lately, it seems like those are the three guarantees in life with how well the 20-year-old has been playing in the Wolverines cage. He will once again need to bring his ‘A’ game on Saturday night.
News and Notes
After Friday nights win, the Wolverines sit two points back of the Winkler Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot and four points back of the Blues for seventh. The Flyers also play on Saturday night against the Steinbach Pistons at home.
The Wolverines will once again be without Jake Bestul, Trent Halfdanson, and Preston Seymour on Saturday night, with all three continuing to battle the flu bug. Jackson Tonnies will also miss Saturdays game as he continues to nurse a lower-body injury.
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