The Waywayseecappo Wolverines (30-21-5-2) will make their final road trip of the regular season on Friday night when the club travels to Neepawa to take on the Natives (13-42-1-3).
After splitting games in Winkler last weekend, the Wolverines followed up that performance by gutting out a 3-2 win over the OCN Blizzard on Tuesday.
Looking to hold their fifth-place position, the Wolverines will have their hands full against a much-improved team in Neepawa on Friday night.
Head to Head
Through five games in the regular-season series against the Natives, the Wolverines have skated to a 4-1-0-0 record with their most recent matchup coming back on February 11.
In that meeting, the Wolverines were able to hold off a late push from the Natives and cruise to a 3-1 win on home ice in Waywayseecappo after dropping a 3-1 decision in early December to the Natives in Neepawa.
Rayman Bassi has had the most success against Neepawa, scoring two goals and three assists in five games while Jack Kennedy, Jaymes Knee, Nick Doye and Gerrik Ripley each have posted four points in their fives games.
It’s certainly been a trying year for the Neepawa Natives who have managed to win just 14 of their 59 games so far in the 2019-20 regular season.
Going 3-7-0-0 over their last ten games, two or their three wins have been decided in overtime, both ending in a score of 4-3.
Eli Lieffers continues to lead the way up front for the Natives having scored 19 goals and 24 assists in 50 games.
Goaltenders, Michael Davis and Dawson Green have split action down the stretch but it’s expected the 20-year-old graduate, Michael Davis will get the call in his final game of junior.
News and Notes
Outside of their loss in Winkler last Saturday, the Wolverines have been playing some of their best hockey of the season going 5-1-1-0 over their last seven games.
With a Wolverines win and a Dauphin Kings loss on Friday night, the Wolverines will finish no worst than sixth place which would mean a meeting in the first round against either Swan Valley or Winkler.
The Wolverines will wrap up their regular-season schedule on Saturday night in Waywayseecappo when the Wolverines host the Virden Oil Capitals on Billet Appreciation Night.
Where to Watch
Watch tonight’s game between the Wolverines and Natives live on HockeyTV.com or follow the Wolverines on Twitter @mjhlWolverines for live game updates.