Whitecourt- Wolverines came into the weekend double header contest against the MOB at 9W – 7L- 2OTL and in 4th place in the north division with 20 points. Wolverines look to make it four straight against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and widen the points gap between the two clubs. The MOB came into the Saturday and Sunday match up after a road loss to Grande Prairie Storm in Grande Prairie on Friday night.
Wolverines #31 Vincent Duplessis would start in net, while #35 Cameron Beson would get the start for the MOB. Beson, a Grande Prairie product made his AJHL Debut for this game. Wolverines also had Evan Forrest, a 2003 forward from St. Albert Raiders Club making his AJHL debut as an affiliate in Whitecourt with the Wolverines.
Wolverines would open the scoring at 18:55 of the first period on a power play goal from Cassidy Bowes, assisted by Kaleb Ergang and Ethan Green. The MOB wouldn?t answer back with a shot until late in the first. The first period saw the Wolverines go 18 shots to 2 for the MOB in the first period with Beson making some key saves to keep the score 1-0 Whitecourt after 20 minutes. Sam Anderson would double the score at 2:39 of the second period, assisted from Joshua Corrow and Hayden Clayton. The MOB cut the Wolverines lead in half at 9:20 with a goal from Kyle Pow assisted By Keaton Mercredi. Wolverines Hayden Clayton would answer back less than a minute later to restore their two goal lead. Stafford would bring the game back to within one at 15:42. Ethan green would capitalize on the power play at 18:06 to close the period with a score of 4-2 for Whitecourt and shots at 11-10 Whitecourt. Kabor Dunn would score unassisted in the 3rd for the MOB to finish the game at 4-3 for the Wolverines. Shots finished at 36-19 for Whitecourt and the Wolverines going two for seven on the power play (28.6%).
Wolverines #1 Connor Ungar would start in net, while #30 Evan Fradette would get the start for the MOB. Ungar playing in his first game of the season in the AJHL after spending some time with the Wheat Kings of the WHL this season.. The 17 year old Calgary product had 2 starts for Okotoks Oilers last season. Fort McMurray Oil Barons got on the board first at 4:46 on a goal from Michael Hodge, assist to Hunter Lamb. Shots closed after 20 minutes at 10-8 for Whitecourt while they trailed by 1. Ethan Jones would capitalize on the power play mid second period to add to the MOB lead. Oil Barons would out shoot the Wolverines 11-7 in the second period and lead 2-0 after 40 minutes. Early in the 3rd period Brayden Labant would make a quick breakout and beat Fradette to cut the lead in half. 30 seconds later Ryan Wallz would even up the game at 2 with assist going to Spitzer and Green. Eric Perneel would score midway through the 3rd and it would be the game winning goal. Final shots in this game were 33- 27 with a score of 3 to 2. Wolverines close out the weekend taking all 8 possible points in the 4 contests against the MOB improving their record to 11-7-2 and remaining in 4th place in the AJHL North division. They currently trail the 3rd place Bonneville Pontiacs by four points, who have one game in hand.
Our next home game is November 15, for the Teddy Bear Toss against Grande Prairie Storm. For tickets go to https://www.whitecourtwolverines.ca/tickets/tickets/game-day-tickets.html to get your seat early!! WOLVERINES POINT LEADERS Cassidy Bowes, Hayden Clayton and Kaleb Ergang are tied in first at 15 points each Adam Sandstrom at 14 points Ethan Green at 11 points. Goaltender Vincent Duplessis has a .910 save percentage. Goaltender Connor Ungar had a save percentage of .926.