The Waywayseecappo Wolverines host the Steinbach Pistons on Saturday night, looking to bounce back after a pair of consecutive losses.
On Friday night in a 5-2 loss to the Winkler Flyers, the Wolverines came out of the gate flat. After giving up a goal in the first minute, the Wolverines responded on the powerplay, but that’s as close as they would come.
Winkler would strike twice late in the second, which would ultimately sink the Wolverines. Anthony Bilka would score early in the third to cut the deficit to one, but the Flyers would add one more including an empty-netter for the win.
The Wolverines and Pistons are quite familiar with one another having played earlier in the week.
At the showcase in Winnipeg, the Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead over the Pistons. Taking three straight penalties in the second period gave Steinbach momentum as they managed to score one on the powerplay and another shortly after.
They would go on to tie the game up and later score in overtime on the powerplay to win 4-3.
Steinbach comes into tonight’s matchup well-rested as they haven’t seen action since defeating the Wolverines at the Showcase on Tuesday.
Prior to Tuesday, the Pistons dropped a 4-1 decision to the Steelers thanks to an outstanding effort from Selkirk goaltender Levi Mitchell who stopped 48 of 49 Pistons shots.
Pistons Goaltender, Matt Lenz is also off to a great start for his club, going 4-0-1-0 in five starts with more than respectable numbers.
Leading the way for Steinbach is a pair of youngsters as 18-year-old, Kyle Bettens and 17-year-old, Carter Loney lead the way in scoring.
News and Notes
Steinbach enters the action on Saturday night as one of the leagues least penalized teams with 77 minutes, while the Wolverines lead the league with 164 penalty minutes.
On special teams, the Wolverines have gone just 2 for 23 on the powerplay in their last five games. It’s been more of the same for the Pistons as they’ve managed just two goals on 26 chances through six games.3
The Wolverines will do their best to avoid three straight losses heading into a four-day break between their next game on Thursday in Virden against the Oil Capitals.
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.
The game is also available online at Steinbachonline.com with Dave Anthony on the call.