The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will try and get back into the win column on Monday against Swan Valley after the Wolverines saw a 3-1 lead evaporate into a 6-3 loss to the Stampeders on Saturday night.
It was the second straight game against the Stampeders that the Wolverines held a substantial lead in and couldn’t close out. The Wolverines will try to right that ship on Monday night with a win and end off their regular season series against the Stampeders. So far this season, Waywayseecappo has gone 1-3-1-0 against Swan.
The Run Down
The Wolverines five-game win streak came to an end in Swan, while the Stampeders victory extended their winning streak to eight.
Holding a 3-1 lead in the second period on Saturday, the Wolverines special teams units were to thank for that lead. After Brandon Lawson and Jaymes Knee scored a pair of picture-perfect powerplay goals, Conrad Phillips scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to give the Wolverines a two-goal lead.
A pair of mental lapses later and the Wolverines and Stampeders were tied heading into the final twenty minutes. It wasn’t until the last three minutes of the game until the tie would be broken by Bradly Goethals. The Wolverines would pull LaBelle for the extra attacker and the Stampeders would score a pair on the empty net and sneak out of Saturday’s game with a 6-3 win.
Despite losing to the Stampeders on Saturday night, the Wolverines have been buzzing since late January, having gone 8-2-0-0 down the stretch.
Keys to the Game
The Wolverines leadership group continues to set the tone with their strong play as of late and it needs to continue on Monday against the Stampeders.
Staying hard on pucks and winning battles against a big Stampeders team will help set the tone early on for the Wolverines on home ice.
Although the Wolverines didn’t allow a goal on the powerplay Saturday night, staying discipline will once again be another key in having success against the Stampeders with the stable of offensive talent they have up front.
News and Notes
The Wolverines continue to sit four points in front of the Winkler Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the MJHL with two games in hand. The Flyers are also in action on Monday as they take on the Pistons in Steinbach looking to snap a six-game losing skid.
Captain Jake Bestul has been playing some of his best hockey of the year, putting together eight assists over the last six games. Brandon Lawson also continues to stay hot, scoring two goals and three assists in the last five.
On the heels of being nominated for league MVP and Top Goaltender, Isaac LaBelle will make his 15th straight start in net for the Wolverines.
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