Wolverines Take On Blues In Showcase Opener

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will look for a bounce-back effort on Monday afternoon in Winnipeg when they take on the Winnipeg Blues in game one of the MJHL Showcase.

On Friday night in Swan River, the Wolverines dropped their first game of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Stampeders after picking up wins over Neepawa, Dauphin, and OCN.

Blues Outlook

While the Wolverines have come out of the gate with a 4-1-0-0 record, it’s been the opposite for the young Winnipeg Blues squad. After suffering back to black losses to the Portage Terriers, the Blues rattled off their first win in a comeback victory over the Neepawa Natives.

By following that up with losses to Winkler and Selkirk, the Blues will look to avoid a three-game skid when they meet the Wolverines on Monday afternoon.

Leading the way for the Blues offensively has been 01-born Forward, Mikol Sartor. In five games the 18-year-old is tied for the league lead in scoring with one goal and six assists.

News and Notes

The Wolverines powerplay percentage dipped to 14.8% after going 0 for 8 against the Stampeders and 0 for 6 the previous night in OCN. The Wolverines will look to break that trend on Monday afternoon when they take on a Blues team that sits in the bottom half of the league on the kill.

For Waywayseecappo, the club will try and avoid back to back losses for the first time in this young season. Looking back at last years showcase, the Wolverines split their pair of games, dropping the first to Selkirk and bouncing back with a shutout win over the Dauphin Kings.

If the Wolverines can avoid a slow start and use their team speed from opening puck drop, they will certainly give themselves a great chance to leave Winnipeg with four points.

Thomson Phinney has yet to allow more than two goals in a start for the Wolverines as he will look to carry his strong play into the start of a new week.

Where to Watch

Watch this afternoons game between the Wolverines and Blues live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.