The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will look to snap a three-game losing skid on Tuesday night when the club travels to Winkler to start a two-game southern road swing.
It’s been almost an identical start for the Wolverines over their last three contests. After going down 3-0 to the Dauphin Kings last Wednesday, the Wolverines battled back and tied the game at 5-5 after exchanging leads twice.
Ultimately, the team would fall 6-5 in overtime and salvage a point in the loss.
Over the weekend in Steinbach and Selkirk, the Wolverines would find themselves down by at least a couple goals heading into the first intermission. Despite making both games close, the slow starts were too much to overcome as they would fall 4-2 to Steinbach and 4-3 to Selkirk.
It has certainly been a game of inches for the Wolverines as the most minor mistakes have led to pucks in the back of the net as of late. Moving forward, a big focus for the Wolverines will need to be on protecting their own zone and letting the offense fall into place.
On the other end of the ice, the Winkler Flyers enter the action on Tuesday night as one of the hottest teams in the MJHL. After picking up back to back wins on the road against a tough Swan Valley Stampeders club, the Flyers capped off a three in three with another road win over the Virden Oil Capitals on Sunday.
After stumbling out of the gate, the Flyers have certainly found their footing. Leading the charge for Winkler has been 01-Born Forward, Justin Svenson who has scored four goals and 12 assists in 12 games played. Second-year Defenceman, Drake Burgin has also been a force for the Flyers, notching three goals and nine assists in 12 games.
This will be just the fifth home game the Winkler Flyers have played so far this season having gone 1-3 so far on home ice which doesn’t seem to hold any clear cut advantage thus far.
News and Notes
It will be the first time that former Winkler Flyers Captain, Brody Moffatt will square off with his old teammates when the two clubs clash on Tuesday night in Winkler.
The current Wolverines forward has just one assist in four games since joining the team but has certainly made an impact in the lineup, contributing in all situations.
When these two clubs previously met on October 4, it was the Winkler Flyers who scored early and never looked back. Despite tying the game in the first and coming within one goal to start the third period, Winkler found a quick answer and added an empty netter to take a 5-2 win.
The Wolverines powerplay has now scored in seven straight games and has the club sitting third in the league with a 19.4% conversion rate with the man-advantage. The Flyers and Wolverines have an identical penalty kill percentage of 80.4% entering Tuesday nights game.
Nick Doyle and Conrad Phillips continued to stay hot for the Wolverines on the score sheet over the last three games. Phillips has scored one goal and added eight assists in that time frame while Doyle has notched three goals and seven assists over his last seven.
Where to Watch
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