Wolverines Blow 3-1 Lead, Fall 4-3 to Stampeders on Friday Night

It was an up and down night for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, but in the end, it was the Swan Valley Stampeders coming out on top for the second straight game in a 4-3 victory.

The Wolverines came out with a jump in their step in the first period. Capitalizing on their first powerplay of the game,  Preston Seymour roofed a shot over the shoulder of Stampeders netminder Marek Pipes. Not going unnoticed was the pass from Dylan Soosay which he slid in front to Seymour in tight.

Just as they did on Tuesday night, Swan Valley responded quickly. Less than two minutes later, Bradly Goethals connected with Matthew Osadick who beat LaBelle to tie the game at 1-1.

Heading into the second period, the Wolverines once again came out on fire. Kylar Fenton’s blast from the point beat Pipes to put the Wolverines ahead 2-1. Bryce Krauter snagged his first point as a Wolverine with the assist, while Xavier Halterman chipped in on the secondary helper.

Just nine seconds later, Brandon Lawson walked into the slot and ripped one past Pipes to give the Wolverines a two-goal lead. That would be the end of his night as Swan Valley would pull Pipes in favor of Jackson Hjelle.

The last seven minutes of the second period would see the Stampeders score three goals and pull ahead 4-3.  Josh Tripp scored his 15th and 16th of the season, while Campbell Balk beat LaBelle with his 2nd to give the Stampeders their first lead of the night.

Both clubs would get their chances in the third period as the Wolverines would score and tie the game with 7:40 to play, but the goal was immediately waved off.

Preston Seymour would square off with Josh Maucieiri which would give the Wolverines a jolt of energy as they looked for the equalizer.

It was too little too late as the Wolverines would fall 4-3 to the Stampeders. The loss drops the Wolverines record to 11-11-1-2, with the rematch set for Saturday night in Swan Valley.

The Wolverines powerplay went 1 for 6 on the night while their penalty kill had a solid night for themselves, killing off 5 of 6 Stampeders opportunities.

There was no shortage of chances for the Wolverines as they controlled much of the play, outshooting Swan Valley, 36-27.