Wolverines Comeback Effort Falls Short In 4-3 Loss To Steelers

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines surrendered three powerplay goals in 54 seconds during the second period on their way to a 4-3 loss to the Selkirk Steelers on Friday night.

With five minutes to play in the first period, it was the Steelers who would strike first. Ryan Sokoloski beat Nathan Reay to give Selkirk a 1-0 leading heading into the first intermission.

The Wolverines would find life just 44 seconds into the second period. Gregg Lee capitalized on a funny bounce and beat Levi Mitchell to tie the game up at 1-1 with his 13th of the season.

No less than one minute after Jaymes Knee was called for a five-minute major blow to the head, things would take a turn in favor of the Steelers.

Nate Halvorsen, Will Middleton, and Connor Barley would score on the powerplay all within 54 seconds of each other to give Selkirk a commanding 4-1 lead less than six minutes into the second.

Despite losing 4-1, Waywayseecappo stuck around and played fairly well and would only find themselves down 23-20 on the shot clock.

Entering the final twenty minutes of play, the Wolverines wouldn’t lay down and quit. Just over two minutes into the third, Conrad Phillips tipped home an Alex Lucken point shot on the powerplay to cut the deficit to 4-2.

With over six and a half minutes to go, Jack Tonnies would score his first MJHL goal with his point shot on the powerplay to bring the Wolverines to within one goal at 4-3.

The Wolverines would grind and try to score late with the extra attacker on, but the comeback effort would fall just short as the Steelers would take a 4-3 win to tie the season series at 3-3-0-0.

It was the second straight game in which the Wolverines gave up three powerplay goals, something which is uncharacteristic for a group that has been in the top four penalty kill units all season long.

Now 27-27-2-3 on the year, the Wolverines will wrap up their regular season on Sunday night when the Virden Oil Capitals pay a visit to the Complex in Waywayseecappo.