Wolverines Surrender Three Unanswered, Fall 4-3 to Natives

The Neepawa natives scored on a bouncing puck with 16 seconds left in the third period to go up 4-3 and would hold on for the win on Wednesday night.

It would be the Natives who opened the scoring when Scott Mickoski notched a powerplay goal 8:34 into the opening period to go up 1-0. Waywayseecappo led the shot clock, 12-7 after the first.

Ryan Brandt would get things started for the Wolverines when he ripped a shot over the glove of Kolby Thornton to tie the game at 1-1. Alex Lucken and Xavier Halterman chipped in the assists.

Just over two minutes later, Conrad Phillips and Nick Doyle connected with Preston Seymour who fired a shot that found the twine on the power play, to put Waywayseecappo in front 2-1.

The Wolverines would go up 3-1 at the midway point of the second when Riley Vautour grabbed the puck and skated up ice to tuck one past Thornton for the unassisted play.

Mickoski would get his second of the night for the Natives to cut into the Wolverines lead and make it 3-2. Neepawa would get one more chance to tie the game up when they received a penalty shot. Nathan Reay stood tall and Neepawa would miss keeping the game at 3-2 heading into the break.

Neepawa struck early in the third period and tied the game at 3-3 on a shot from Cam Olstad. With under 20 seconds left in the period, Neepawa fired a puck into the Wolverines zone that would bank off the glass and ricochet into the Wolverines net with 16 seconds on the clock.

The Wolverines were unable to sustain any pressure in the final seconds and would fall 4-3 to the Neepawa Natives.

Now 7-4-1 on the season, the Wolverines will return to action on Friday night, when they host the Dauphin Kings at 7:30.