The Waywayseecappo Wolverines travel south to Steinbach on Friday night, looking to cap off the month of November with a win on the road against the Pistons.
It’s been an up and down month for the Wolverines as the club enters their final two games in November with a 5-5-0-0 record.
Most recently, the Wolverines are coming off of a disappointing 5-4 loss to the Portage Terriers that saw Waywayseecappo hold a 3-1 lead in the second period. Portage scored three in the second and one in the third to give themselves the win as the Wolverines late push just wasn’t enough.
Head to Head
It has been an interesting battle against the Steinbach Pistons so far this season with the Wolverines going 1-2-1-0 against the league’s top team. The Wolverines lone win came on home ice in mid-October.
In their last meeting on November 17, the Wolverines found themselves down 3-0 but would storm back to tie it up on a Jaymes Knee powerplay marker late in the third.
19 seconds later, Zach Purcell drove the dagger into the Wolverines hearts by scoring the go-ahead goal to give the Pistons the lead. Waywayseecappo would pull their goalie for the extra-attacker but that would be all from Steinbach on that night.
The Pistons have gone 9-2-0-0 through the month of November and are coming off of back to back wins over the OCN Blizzard last weekend.
In their two losses to Winkler and Virden this month, the Pistons were outscored by an 11 to 4 margin.
Continuing to lead the way for the Pistons is a pair of youngsters from Winnipeg. 18-year-old Kyle Bettens who has 27 points in 25 games while 17-year-old Carter Loney has notched a point per game with 25 in 25.
Leading the league in goals against (58), Pistons goaltender Matt Lenz continues to impress and has a big part in that stat with his 16-2-1-0 record, 2.13 goals-against average and .924 save percentage to lead all three categories.
News and Notes
Ahead of Friday’s game, the Wolverines sit five points back of the Pistons in first place with Steinbach holding four games in hand on Waywayseecappo.
Despite sitting in fifth place with 33 points, the Wolverines are four only four points ahead of the eighth-place Oil Capitals for the final playoff spot in the MJHL.
The Wolverines will have a short turnaround as they will return to the ice tomorrow night at home to host the Winnipeg Blues during Hockey Fights Cancer night.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Pistons live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.