In the first of two big games against the Neepawa Titans in the span of four days, the Waywayseecappo Wolverines dropped the first game in regulation by a score of 4-3.
The Wolverines come back from an early 2-0 hole, and nearly did it again falling behind by two later in the game, but they couldn’t find a way to put the game into overtime.
The Titans scored first in the game off a tipped shot, redirected in front by Caden Hegarty to give Neepawa the icebreaker.
Just 32 seconds later, Hayden Stocks scored his 11th of the season off a weird bounce that fooled everyone on the ice to make it 2-0.
The Wolverines started their comeback in the second though when Sean Williams scored on the powerplay just 23 seconds into the period.
The Wolverines tied it up just 5:16 into the second when Ben Roulette scored in front, getting his 11th of the season.
But the Titans got a much needed boost late in the period with a couple of powerplays, as Ewan Poirier and Cade Bendsten were able to score in the dying minutes to give the Titans a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.
The Wolverines got one back when Thomas Kaufield tipped in a shot by Aidan Herring to make it a one goal game, but that’s as close as the Wolverines would get.
KC Couckuyt stopped 27 shots in the win, while Kaiden Kirkwood stopped 34 in the loss.
Neepawa got a boost on their powerplay, going 2/3 on the man advantage, while the Wolverines were only able to succeed in one of their six tries.
Before the two teams meet on Friday in Neepawa again, the Wolverines will host the Winkler Flyers on Wednesday night at 7:30pm at the Waywayseecappo Arena.