Wolverines Top Natives 5-3, Win Third Straight To Start Season

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines keep on rolling.

On Thursday night the Wolverines took down the Neepawa Natives 5-3 on home ice, to start off the 2018-19 regular season with three straight victories. It was a full team effort for Waywayseecappo who had goals from five different players.

And despite Neepawa getting off to a quick 1-0 lead 21 seconds into the game, it was the Wolverines who would come out of the first period with a 2-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals 16 seconds apart. Riley Vautour got things started with his powerplay marker. Drew Anderson extended his point streak to three games with his assist, while Nick Doyle added one of his one. Austin and Ryley Cardinal connected with Tyrae Fountain only 16 seconds later with Fountain getting his first of the season to put the Wolverines up 2-1 after the first period.

Brady Pupp found Brandon Lawson in the slot early in the second period with Lawson picking the top corner to give the Wolverines a two-goal lead. Just under one minute later, Neepawa would find an answer and cut into the lead once again to make it a 3-2 game.

It was the Wolverines who got off to a quick start in the third period when Conrad Phillips scored his first MJHL goal unassisted to give the Wolverines a 4-2 lead. Former Wolverine Drayson Skulmoski would score for Neepawa, once again cutting the lead to a one-goal game.

Near the midway point of the third period, Greg Lee took the game into his own hands on a beautiful inside-outside move around the Neepawa defender, before he cut in front of Natives goaltender Nik Anderson and tucked it by him into the post. Caleb Paisley was in perfect position to put away the rebound and give the Wolverines a 5-3 lead. Both Greg Lee and Nick Doyle added assists on the play.

The Wolverines would get into some penalty trouble late in the third but would hang on for the 5-3 victory over the Neepawa Natives.

Isaac LaBelle stopped 23 of 26 shots to pick up his third straight win to start the young season. The Wolverines outshot the Natives, 38-26.

Next up for the Wolverines is a home game on Saturday, September 29th against the Virden Oil Capitals at 7:00 pm.