The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will return to home ice on Wednesday night to take on the Swan Valley Stampeders in their season series finale.
It’s been a more consistent stretch of hockey for the Wolverines who are now 5-3-2-0 in their last ten games.
After a Winnipeg regulation loss combined with a point over the Stamps’ on Saturday night, the Wolverines booked their ticket to the MJHL Postseason.
Holding a 2-0 lead midway through the third period, the Stampeders woke up and struck twice in the final nine minutes to tie the game and send it to overtime.
It would take seven seconds for Swan Valley to score the overtime winner when Frazer Dodd slid one through the wickets of Colin Ahern.
Head to Head
It was just four days ago when the Wolverines fell 3-2 in overtime to the Stampeders in Swan River in what could be chalked up as a disappointing loss.
Just 1-3-1-0 through their first five meetings against the Stamps’, the Wolverines will look to close out the season series with a strong performance as it could potentially be a first-round playoff series preview.
In the lone Wolverines win this season against the Stamps’ it came on home ice back on October 27.
The Wolverines were able to keep their cool during their meeting last weekend and gave the Stamps’ just two chances with the man-advantage.
If the Wolverines can replicate their performance from the first 50 minutes of Saturday’s game, they’ll put themselves in another good position to walk away with points.
Much like the Wolverines, Swan Valley comes into Tuesday night having gone 5-4-1-0 in their last ten with their most recent game ending in a 7-5 loss to the Winnipeg Blues.
Leading 3-1 in the second period, Winnipeg turned it on and scored six goals in the final 24 minutes of the game to skate away with the win.
Mikael Foucher continues to dazzle in between the pipes for Swan Valley and it’s certain he will make an impact once again should he get the call in the net on Wednesday night.
News and Notes
With 61 points, the Wolverines currently sit in sixth place, one point behind Virden with one game in hand. After Dauphins 10-3 win over OCN on Tuesday night, the Kings punched their ticket to the playoffs and sit two points back of the Wolverines.
If the playoffs started on Wednesday, the Wolverines would take on the Winkler Flyers in round one and fans will get a potential first-round preview this weekend when the Wolverines travel to Winkler to take on the Flyers during back to back nights.
With a playoff spot in the bag, Colin Ahern will most likely get a bit of rest down the stretch after playing 13 straight games since being acquired just prior to the January 10 deadline.
The Wolverines will have just five regular-season games left following Wednesday’s matchup.
Although Wednesday’s matchup against Swan Valley is their season series finale, there’s a good chance the two clubs could clash in the first round of playoffs.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Stampeders live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.
Listen to GX94 Radio in Yorkton for the call of the game with Benny Walchuk.