Wolverines win shootout thriller

The Wolverines ended up coming back late and getting a full two points after a shootout victory over the Dauphin Kings.

Nolan Grier played hero in the game with the tying goal and the shootout finisher to help the Wolverines to a win.

In the first period, the Wolverines got the scoring started with a 2-on-1 that Carson Baptiste finished off for his 21st of the season, to make it an early lead.

Dauphin tied it up in the last three minutes of the period, when Ethan Williment streaked on in and tied the game up at one.

Before the end of the period, Colby Wotton was sent off after a hit to the head that put the Wolverines down a man for five minutes. The penalty took the two teams into the first intermission.

The Wolverines were able to get some offence off the shorthanded play, as Andrew Boucher and Boone Mathison scored with a man down less than a minute a part, in the opening minutes of the period.

But Dauphin came back strong, as Jakob Brook and Alex Senf scored three minutes apart to tie the game up at 3.

In the third, at the 7:53 mark, Matthew Gough pounced on a Wolverines turnover and skated in on a breakaway and beat Tresor Wotton to give the Kings their first lead of the game.

The Wolverines couldn’t tie the game until 1:19 left in the game, when Nolan Grier wired a shot that hit the back bar and came right back out. After much discussion, it ended up counting.

After no goal was scored in overtime, the game went to a shootout. All two Dauphin players couldn’t get it into the net, and the Wolverines went 2/3, with Sean Williams and Nolan Griers providing the markers to give Waywayseecappo a win.

With an extra time win, the Wolverines made it even tighter in the West Division. They are officially third place, but tied with the Kings with 39 points, but only two back of the first place OCN Blizzard.

The Wolverines will have a chance to tie the Blizzard with a game against Neepawa on Tuesday, at 7:30pm to finish off the 2022 portion of the schedule.