Wolverines Down Stampeders 5-3, Snap Four Game Skid

Morgan Poirier scored twice while Nathan Reay picked up his second win of the season as the Waywayseecappo Wolverines defeated the Swan Valley Stampeders 5-3 on Saturday night.

Defencemen Morgan Poirier scored his eighth of the season to give the Wolverines the 1-0 lead just 2:56 into the first period. Michael Heitkamp and Jaymes Knee picked up the assists on Poirier’s powerplay marker.

Just before the midway mark of the first, Riley Vautour doubled theĀ  Wolverines lead when he beat Jackson Hjelle with Jaymes Knee and Brandon Lawson picking up assists on the scoring play.

It was another quick start for the Wolverines in the second period as Greg Lee scored his third of the season to put Waywayseecappo in front 3-0. Less than one minute later, Josh Tripp beat Nathan Reay to get Swan Valley on the board with his 17th of the season.

Swan Valley would get a late powerplay chance in the period and would cut the Wolverines lead to one when Jun Yi Zhong beat Reay to make it 3-2. Only 52 seconds later, Bradley Goethals would knot the game at 3-3 when he scored his 13th of the season just minutes before the end of the period.

Just as they did in the first two periods, the Wolverines would score less than three minutes in. Bryce Krauter sniped his first of the season past Hjelle to put the Wolverines ahead 4-3. Both Riley Vautour and Michael Heitkamp would get their second points of the game with the assists.

Despite taking a late penalty, the Wolverines would kill off Swan’s man-advantage. The Stampeders would pull Hjelle to put out the extra attacker, but Morgan Poirier would find the open net to give the Wolverines a 5-3 lead and the win. With the assist on the empty-netter, Vautour would pick up his third point of the game and his team leading 17th.

Nathan Reay was solid in net for the Wolverines, making a number of key stops on his way to stopping 26 of 29 Stampeders shots for his second win of the season.

The victory improves the Wolverines record to 12-11-1-2 and will continue their tough stretch in the schedule against Steinbach and Portage on Friday and Saturday.