Wolverines Young Stars Shine In Preseason Opener

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines rookie squad showed their stuff on Monday night in a 5-4 preseason victory over the OCN Blizzard.

In the first period, each team spent the first few minutes feeling each other out. Both the Wolverines and Blizzard had their chance on the powerplay, but both team’s goaltenders held down the fort to keep the game scoreless after twenty minutes of play.

It sure wouldn’t take long for the Wolverines to find an answer in the second. Beau Kennedy’s point shot would find the back of the net to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead. Andrew Boucher picked up the lone assist on the scoring play.

Just like it didn’t take the Wolverines very long to get on the board, OCN would strike 1:20 later when Riley Zimmerman beat Marcus Whitecloud.

Knotted at 1-1, OCN would take the lead midway through the second. Chris Mingus would clean up a rebound in front to give the Blizzard a 2-1 lead.

Mikey Baron would increase the Blizzard lead to 3-1 after beating Ethan Penner. The Wolverines would find an answer before the end of the period when Tyson Smith walked down the right-wing and snapped a shot bar-down to cut the deficit to one.

Through the first five minutes of the third period, both teams exchanged their chances. In the right spot at the right time, Andrew Boucher buried a rebound in front to tie the game at 3-3. Matthew McLeod chipped in the lone assist on the scoring play.

After some more back and forth between both teams, Andrew Boucher would make a beautiful move and snap a wrist shot home to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead.

Just over one minute later, Matthew McLeod’s point shot would beat Greg Smith to increase the Wolverines lead to 5-3. Caden Zaplitny would pick up his first assist of the night.

OCN would get one late, but the Wolverines would hang on for the 5-4 comeback victory.

Next up for the Wolverines is a date with the Neepawa Natives on Wednesday night in Waywayseecappo at 7:30.