The Waywayseecappo Wolverines (11-5-2-1) travel to Winnipeg this weekend to embark on a two-game road trip where they’ll take on the Winnipeg Blues (4-12-1-0) and Portage Terriers (13-4-1-0).
On Friday night, the Wolverines will make their first appearance at the new RINK Training Centre where they will meet the Winnipeg Blues.
With wins in four out of their last five, Waywayseecappo will try to keep pace near the top of the league standings when they square off with the Blues for just the second time this season.
Most recently, the Wolverines battled to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Dauphin Kings earlier this week. Leading 3-1 in the third period, the Kings scored a pair of quick goals to send the game to extra time where Conrad Phillips potted the overtime winner.
In the Wolverines and Blues first matchup of the season at the showcase in Winnipeg, Waywayseecappo earned a 6-3 win over the Blues.
After the Wolverines opened the game with four straight goals, Winnipeg battled back to make things interesting. The Blues would score three of their own before the Wolverines potted a pair of empty-netters to take the 6-3 win.
Coming into the action on Friday night, the Blues have lost three straight and allowed six goals against in each of those contests.
During Tuesday nights’ 6-3 loss to the Oil Capitals, the Blues were trailing 3-2 leading into the second period. Two goals, one on the powerplay and one shorthanded marker is what ultimately sunk the young Blues team.
Goal scoring has been an issue for the Blues as the club sits second-last in the league with 46 scored.
A big key to the game for the Wolverines is shutting down the Blues top forwards. Outside of their top guys like Sartor, Fischer, and Raeside, depth scoring is a bit of an issue for the young Blues team.
News and Notes
The Wolverines sit two points out of first place behind the Portage Terriers before Friday nights’ game with 25 points.
Heading into Friday night, the Wolverines lead the league in penalty minutes (440) while the Blues have taken the least (164).
Wolverines forward, Jaymes Knee will make his return to the lineup after missing the last four games with an upper-body injury.
Recently acquired from the AJHL, Kris Bladen has fit seamlessly into the Wolverines lineup having scored five goals and one assist in four games which included two, multi-goal games.
Conrad Phillips sits 10th in league scoring and first on the Wolverines with 19 points in 19 games after posting 4 goals and 12 assists over his last 11 games.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Blues live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.
Fans can also listen via the internet by visiting http://winnipegblues.leanplayer.com/