Wolverines Set For Key Battle With Terriers

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines return to home ice on Tuesday night to host the Portage Terriers for the first time this season.

After picking up two points in a big 3-2 win over the Virden Oil Capitals on Friday night, the Wolverines enjoyed three days off from game action.

Scoring twice in the first and once in the second period was enough to push the Wolverines to victory over the Oil Caps’. Rookie goaltender, Liam Tereposky was outstanding for the Wolverines in the win, stopping 35 of 37 shots sent his way.

Head to Head

As for tonight’s meeting against the Terriers, there’s certainly no shortage of drama every time these two teams meet.

Back in early November, Waywayseecappo fell 7-5 to Portage in a game that the Wolverines led by scores of 3-1 after the first and 5-3 in the third period.

Portage would score four goals in just over eight minutes including two on the powerplay that would lead the Terriers to a 7-5 win.

In their first meeting of the season, it was the Wolverines who would mount a comeback. After trailing 3-1 heading into the third period, the Wolverines would battle to tie it up and send it to overtime before Tyler Leibl scored the game-winner to lift the Wolverines over the Terriers, 4-3.

Terriers Outlook

After losing three in a row in mid-November, the Terriers are somewhat back on track following a pair of recent wins including a 3-0 shutout against Selkirk and a close 4-3 triumph over the Swan Valley Stampeders.

If the two previous games between the Wolverines and Terriers are any indication of what fans can expect on Tuesday night, the game will most likely be decided on special teams.

The Terriers league-best 28.6% conversion rate on the powerplay should be an area of focus for the Wolverines moving forward as it has shown to be lethal at times.

There will be two new faces in the Terriers lineup that the Wolverines have yet to see. Both coming from the Humboldt Broncos, Bryson Cecconi and Chase Felgueiras are set to make their MJHL debuts on Tuesday night.

News and Notes

Prior to Tuesday night, the Wolverines sit just two points back of the Terriers with Portage holding two games in hand on Wayway.

Through nine games in the month of November, the Wolverines have gone 5-4-0-0 with three games remaining to try and keep pushing up the standings.

The Wolverines will cap off the week with a quick road game in Steinbach on Friday night before finishing off at home on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Blues during the Wolverines Hockey Fights Cancer night.

Where to Watch

Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Terriers live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.