The Waywayseecappo Wolverines put a rocky start behind themselves and persevered through a tough game to take a 6-4 win over the Virden Oil Capitals in game 60 of the season.
It wasn’t quite the start the Wolverines were looking for in the first period as Oil Caps’ forward, Josh Belcher struck twice in a matter of 35 seconds to give Virden an early 2-0 lead.
Nearing the midway mark of the period, Preston Seymour would tip home a Jack Kennedy point shot past Dalton Dosch to cut the deficit to one.
Two minutes later, Tristen Cross gave the Oil Capitals their 2-1 lead back after his shot beat Isaac LaBelle.
51 second after Cross scored for the Caps, Wyatt Tweet scored his first MJHL goal in his first career game after he knocked in a rebound in front off a nice pass from Alex Lucken.
The scoring party would continue in the first as the Wolverines would go on to beat Dalton Dosch twice more.
Gregg Lee continued to stay hot for Waywayseecappo after he put home a nice around the net backhand pass from Conrad Phillips to tie the game up at 3-3.
Just one minute later, Thomas Hansell scored his first of the season on a blistering wrist shot that beat Dosch over his glove to give the Wolverines their first lead of the game at 4-3. Virden would decide to yank Dalton Dosch in favour of Riley Wallace after the puck stopper allowed four goals on 13 shots.
Reaching the midway mark of the second period, things certainly weren’t as eventful as the first, until Parker Brakebill beat LaBelle down low to tie the game at 4-4.
Just like they did in the first, the Wolverines found a quick response. This time, Gerrick Ripley’s shot from the slot got by Wallace to break the deadlock and gave the Wolverines a 5-4 advantage heading into the third period.
Early on in the third, Waywayseecappop got their first powerplay of the game and would capitlize. Nick Doyle’s wrist shot beat Wallace up high to give the Wolverines a two goal lead to make it 6-4.
Waywayseecappo would close out the game and hold on for the 6-4 victory over the Oil Capitals which gives the Wolverines a record of 28-27-2-3 on the season to finish above .500 for the first time since 2011.
Next up for the Wolverines is a date with the Portage Terriers in game one of the first round of playoffs on Friday night in Portage at 7:30.