The Wolverines and Canucks clashed on a cold night in Whitecourt for the first and only time this season.
The Wolverines would answer first when Brodyn Nielsen received a cross zone pass from Ryan Berlin to slip it passed Colin Cooper for his 5th of the season. Both teams would exchange scoring chances before Matt Rypien would fool the Wolverine defence and sneak one behind Riley Corbin to tie the game with just 13 seconds remaining in the 1st period.
Both teams came out of the gate strong to start the second, with teams exchanging penalty’s before Derek Thorogood would put one past Corbin to take their only lead of the game. Joel Herbert then evened the contest with his 11th of the season with what some would have called the Highlight of the night at the Scott Safety Centre.
The Wolverines wouldn’t look back from there in the 3rd as Berlin notched his 17th , Mayor his team leading 20th and Trace Elson would seal the deal by adding an empty net goal for his 14th of the season and 1st since returning from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.
Riley Corbin was stellar in goal stopping 33 of 35 shots, 16 of those coming in the first period.
The Wolverines pull to 19-20-2 (40 Points) in a very tight North Division in which only 5 points separate 3rd and 6th place.
Saturday Night Game Notes:
Scratches For Whitecourt: Joseph Leonidas, Sam Lawson, Jordan Davies, Clay Spencer & Kevin Yasinski
First’s in the AJHL
Riley Corbin – Corbin earned his first Win in his first start in the AJHL.
Austin Steger – Steger played in his first AJHL game, registering 3 shots on goal and seeing first line Power Play time. Steger currently plays with the SSAC Boston Pizza Athletics of the AMHL.
Final Shots On Goal: 36-35 in favor of Whitecourt.
Whitecourt went 0/4 on the power play, while Calgary went 0/6.
1st – (WCT) Riley Corbin – (33 Saves)
2nd – (WCT) Austin Steger
3rd – (WCT) Colten Mayor – (1G, 1A)
Attendance at the Scott Safety Centre 862.
Next game for the Wolverines Wednesday January 8th Vs Fort. McMurray Oil Barons, Game time is a 7pm.
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