Anthony Bilka scored a goal and an assist while Colin Ahern stopped 39 of 41 shots to help lead the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to a 4-2 victory over the OCN Blizzard.
It was the Wolverines who got off to a hot start in the first period.
On the man-advantage, Jaymes Knee wired his 15th of the season into the back of the net with his wrist shot to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead. The point was also Knee’s 50th of the season.
Alex Lucken and Rayman Bassi picked up assists on the scoring play.
Just 45 seconds later, Reagan Rabbit would skate into the zone and one-time a pass into the back of the net for his 6th of the year, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 lead just 7:54 into the opening period.
Anthony Bilka and Alex Rivet connected for the assists on the even-strength goal.
Taking their 2-0 lead into the second period, the Wolverines and Blizzard had their fair share of physical exchanges.
Seven minutes into the period, Cody Thompson and Sequoia Swan exchanged some blows when the pair dropped the gloves and squared off.
Each team would get their chances on the powerplay, but neither would capitalize as the Wolverines would take their 2-0 lead into the third period.
OCN scored 1:04 into the final twenty minutes of play and cut the Wolverines lead to 2-1 when Kobe Campbell found the back of the net.
The Wolverines would regain their two-goal lead on the man-advantage when Anthony Bilka jumped on a puck in front and scored his 15th of the year to put Waywayseecappo up 3-1.
Brody Moffatt notched the lone assist on the play.
Less than four minutes after Bilka’s marker, OCN responded once again. This time, Keiran Cooke scored his first MJHL goal to bring the Blizzard back to within one.
Exactly 1:20 later, Gerrik Ripley snapped a shot off the crossbar. The puck landed in front of the net with Jacob Charko jumping on the rebound to make it 4-2 Wolverines with his 5th of the season.
That would be all the Wolverines needed as the 4-2 win gives the club a 4-1-0-0 lead in the season series against the Blizzard.
Now 27-20-4-2 on the year, the Wolverines will wrap up their two-game road trip with a date against the Swan Valley Stampeders on Saturday night.
After all three games in the league on Friday, the Wolverines sit tied with Virden in 5th, each with 60 points. Dauphin remains 3 points back all with 53 games played.