The Waywayseecappo Wolverines travel south to Virden on Thursday to continue their busy stretch of four games in six nights.
After a tough loss to the Neepawa Natives on Saturday night was put in the review mirror, the Wolverines bounced back in a big way by ending the Dauphin Kings eight-game win streak with a 5-2 win on the road.
Conrad Phillips led the way for the Wolverines, scoring his first career MJHL hat trick while goaltender, Liam Tereposky was rock solid in stopping 25 of 27 shots to pick up his fifth win of the season.
Head to Head
The Wolverines have certainly had their way with the Oil Caps’ so far this season going 3-0-0-0 through their first three meetings.
After a 5-2 win over the Oil Caps’ on the road in October, the Wolverines picked up a pair of 3-2 victories in November with one coming at home and the other at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.
Oil Caps’ Captain, Kolten Kanaski has scored 1 goal and 4 assists against the Wolverines this season
In three meetings against the Oil Capitals this season, Conrad Phillips has notched 5 assists. Liam Tereposky was stellar during the last meeting, stopping 35 of 37 shots to help lead the Wolverines to a close 3-2 win.
Oil Capitals Outlook
The seventh-place Virden Oil Capitals enter the action on Thursday night having gone 8-3-1-0 over their last 12 games which has the club just two points ahead of the eighth-place Steelers and three points back of the sixth-place Kings.
Thursday’s game against the Wolverines will be Virden’s first at home since November 29 when they doubled on the Selkirk Steelers, 8-4.
Through three games in December, Virden has gone 1-1-1-0 with a recent 3-2 overtime loss to the Dauphin Kings on Sunday night.
Kolten Kanaski, Hunter Cloutier, and Tanner Andrew continue to be a dominant force offensively with 43, 38 and 36 points respectively in 32 games.
Since coming from the Neepawa Natives via trade, Goaltender Ethan Peterson has be solid for the Oil Capitals in his three starts.
News and Notes
Picking up two points in regulation over the Dauphin Kings on Tuesday proved to be huge for the Wolverines as the club sits in fourth place with 40 points, one back of Swan Valley in third, two ahead of Winkler in fifth and three in front of Dauphin in sixth.
The Oil Caps’ aren’t too far behind the Wolverines either as Virden sits six points back with two games in hand.
Since taking the reigns in the Wolverines net, 17-year-old Liam Tereposky has won four out of his last five starts to help keep the Wolverines in the thick of the MJHL standings.
After Thursday nights’ game against Virden, the Wolverines will have one day off from game action before return to home ice for a busy weekend against the Portage Terriers on Saturday and Winkler Flyers on Sunday.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Oil Capitals live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.