The Waywayseecappo Wolverines fell 8-3 to the Swan Valley Stampeders on Tuesday night despite heavily outshooting their opponents 46-30.
There was no lack of excitement in the first period.
After killing off an early penalty, the Wolverines responded on a powerplay of their own. Anthony Bilka beat Stamps’ goaltender Mikael Foucher to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead.
Brody Moffatt and Cody Thompson added assists on the powerplay marker.
With just over five minutes to play, Swan Valley answered when Luke Beerman beat Liam Tereposky to knot the game up at 1-1.
Two minutes later, Parker Johnson added to the Stamps’ lead when his shot squeaked past Tereposky on a delayed penalty call to put the Stamps’ up 2-1.
22 seconds before the period expired, Gerrik Ripley notched his eighth of the season to lock the game up at 2-2 heading into the break. Linemates Noah Westgate and Kris Bladen picked up the helpers.
For the second straight period, both teams would combine for four goals, only this time it was the Stampeders adding three.
Parker Johnson and Josh Maucieri each scored in the first five minutes to double the Stampeders lead to 4-2.
A couple of minutes later, Rayman Bassi was in the right place at the right time when the puck bounced off the end boards to his stick in the slot. Bassi made no mistake and potted his 12th of the season to bring the Wolverines within one.
Jaymes Knee drew the lone assist on the scoring play.
Callum Fortin and Nathan Carl added goals for the Stampeders in the second half of the frame to send Swan Valley into the break leading 6-3.
Swan Valley would score two more late in the third period to take an 8-3 lead which would hold up as the final score.
Now 21-15-3-2 on the season, the Wolverines will have three days off between games before they start a five-game homestand on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Blues at 7:30.