The Waywayseecappo Wolverines met the Winkler Flyers in Morden, Manitoba on Friday night which saw the Wolverines claw their way past the Flyers, 4-1.
It was a rather dull showing for both teams in the first period. Wolverines Forward Conrad Phillips was ejected just 45 seconds into the frame for his checking from behind penalty which garnered him a two-minute minor plus a ten-minute misconduct.
In the last five minutes of the period, Wolverines Defenseman Michael Heitkamp made a goal-saving block in front to keep the game scoreless.
The Wolverines penalty kill unit would continue their hard work in the first, killing off all three Flyers powerplays, while going 0 for 1 on their lone man-advantage.
Just over one minute into the second period, the two clubs got acquainted quickly after some rough stuff which saw some 4 on 4 for the next two minutes. Minutes later during a heated battle, Michael Heitkamp dropped the gloves with Trent Halfdanson to record his first MJHL fight which sparked the Wolverines bench.
Just over five minutes later, Preston Seymour walked into the zone and fired one past the shoulder of Flyers goaltender Riley Morgan to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Jaymes Knee recorded his 8th point in as many games with the Wolverines on the assist, while Brandon Lawson picked up his first point since returning from injury.
Despite Jesse Korytko scoring for Winkler and tying the game at 1-1, the Wolverines woke up and put their foot on the gas.
Kylar Fenton took a pass from Caleb Paisley and blasted one in from the point to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead. Just 33 seconds later, Morgan Poirier walked in and snapped one home, increasing the lead to 3-1. Anthony Bilka and Greg Lee chipped in on the scoring play.
1:05 later, Caleb Paisley scored his third of the year to put the Wolverines ahead 4-1. Gerrick Ripley recorded his first point as a Wolverine with the lone assist on Paisley’s goal.
The hotly contested game would continue into the final minutes of the third period when a large scrum would ensue involving all five Wolverines on the ice.
All five players would get 10-minute misconducts and their nights would end a bit early. After some more rough stuff late in the third, the Wolverines would hold on for a 4-1 win over the Winkler Flyers.
Although the Wolverines powerplay went 0 for 5 on the night, their penalty kill continued to impress, killing off all nine Flyers chances. Isaac LaBelle was solid in net for the Wolverines once again, turning aside 24 of 25 shots sent his way.
With the win, the Wolverines improve their record to 11-7-1-2 and will wrap up their quick two-game road trip with a stop in Winnipeg on Saturday night to play the Blues.