The Waywayseecappo Wolverines were unable to overcome a slow start for a third straight game as the Selkirk Steelers would skate away with a 4-3 win on Saturday night.
It was an identical start to Friday night’s game as the Wolverines would find themselves in an early 2-0 hole in the first period.
Just before the midway mark of the first, Rayman Bassi would find himself in the right place at the right time and net his second of the season to cut the Steelers lead in half to 2-1. Conrad Phillips and Anthony Bilka would add assists on the scoring play.
In the second period, it was the Wolverines who would come out of the gate firing. Just 7:12 into the frame, Rayman Bassi would jam home a rebound for his second goal of the game which would knot things up at 2-2. Anthony Bilka would add his second assist of the night while Alex Lucken would grab the other.
Exactly two minutes later, Nick Doyle’s powerplay point shot would find its way through traffic past Steelers Goalie, Levi Mitchell to give the Wolverines their first lead of the night at 3-2.
Conrad Phillips picked up his second assist of the night and ninth of the season while Reagan Rabbit would add the other.
The scoring parade would continue as this time it would be the Steelers who would answer back quickly. After Tanner Pochipinski scored an unassisted marker to tie the game at 3-3, Carter Barley would score the game-winner on a short-handed partial breakaway to give the Steelers the 4-3 lead.
After the two clubs combined for four goals in five minutes, scoring would dry up in the third.
Despite a number of powerplay opportunities in the third period for the Wolverines, the club was unable to find an answer and would drop their third straight game in a 4-3 defeat to the Steelers.
Falling to 7-4-2-0 on the season, Waywayseecappo will have a couple of days away from game action before they head south for a two-game road trip with stops in Winkler and Portage la Prairie.