The Waywayseecappo Wolverines (7-2-1-0) return to home ice on Wednesday night to host the Dauphin Kings (2-5-0-1) for the second time this season.
For the Wolverines, it’s been a quiet six days off between games after Saturday’s tilt against the Flyers was canceled due to the winter storm.
Prior to the cancellation, the Wolverines got back on track after losses to Steinbach and Winkler with a 5-2 win over the Virden Oil Capitals on the road.
After a scoreless first, Waywayseecappo scored three goals in five minutes and never looked back. Anthony Bilka had a big night, scoring a pair and adding an assist while Conrad Phillips notched three assists in the win.
When the Wolverines and Kings meet on Wednesday, fans of these two teams can expect another spirited affair. The two clubs sit third and fourth in penalty minutes and have combined for 554 in the 18 games played.
It hasn’t been an ideal start for a Dauphin Kings team that has the talent to succeed. After splitting their home-opening series with Swan Valley, the Kings struggled out of the gate and dropped five straight including a 6-5 shootout loss to Neepawa.
Most recently, the Kings were able to pick up their second win of the season in a 4-1 triumph of the Winnipeg Blues.
19-year-old Goaltender, Duncan McGovern was returned to the Kings from his Western Hockey League club and saw his first game action in the Kings win over Winnipeg.
Leading the way for the Kings thus far has been second-year forward, Nakodan Greyeyes and second-year defenceman, Cole DeKoninck with nine and six points respectively.
News and Notes
Wolverines Goaltender, Thomson Phinney continues to lead the MJHL in Goals Against (1.72) and Save Percentage (.931). He also sits tied for second in wins with six and first in shutouts with one.
Forward Jaymes Knee remains in the top five in league scoring with his six goals and six assists in ten games.
Special teams have been an area of focus lately for the Wolverines as the club has now scored powerplay goals in four straight games to sit fourth in the league (19.6%). It’s been the opposite for the Wolverines penalty kill as their 79.5% kill rate has the club ninth.
The Wolverines sit third in both goals for (36) and goals against (24).
At the ten-game mark last season, the Wolverines sported an identical 7-2-1-0 record.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Kings live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.
Tonight’s game can also be heard on 730 CKDM in Dauphin or online at 730ckdm.com.