Wolverines drop pivotal division tilt to Pontiacs


The Whitecourt Wolverines are waking up this morning to find themselves in sixth place in the North Division following a 5-4 loss to the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

The Pontiacs would capitalize on their first two power plays to take a 2-0 lead midway through the opening period.

Whitecourt would respond as Colten Mayor jammed the puck into the back of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1.

However, before the end of the opening period the Pontiacs restored their two goal lead thanks to Wyatt Noskey and after one period Bonnyville held a 3-1 lead.

The Wolverines would come out strong in the second period and Ryan Berlin would find some open space to redirect the puck behind Josh Erickson to make it 3-2.

Just a couple of minutes later Kellan Cornelis would score his first AJHL goal to tie the game at 3-3.

But once again the Wolverines would get into penalty trouble and on a two man advantage Redford Swan gave the Pontiacs a 4-3 lead.

Late in the second period the Gianni Mangone would blast a shot into the back of the net however, the horn sounded to end the second period leaving the score 4-3 Pontiacs.

In the third period the Wolverines were patient and eventually get rewarded as Evan Warmington finished off a 3 on 2 break away to tie the game at 4-4.

Unfortunately, 1:30 later Michael Iovanna would drive to the Wolverines goal and slid the puck behind Mac Engle too make the final 5-4 Pontiacs.

Game Notes:

Scratches for Whitecourt- Joseph Leonidas, Ben Fonteyne & Zach Paterson.

Final Shots on Goal: 34-32 Bonnyville

Whitecourt went 1/5 on the power play, while Bonnyville went 3/5.��

Attendance at the RJ Arena 559

Next game for the Wolverines is Saturday February 14th against the Lloydminster Bobcats on Stollery Night at the Scott Safety Centre.

Fans are encouraged to bring a Teddy Bear for our Teddy Bear toss on behalf of Stollery (Teddy Bears will be sold at the door). All proceeds of the 50/50 will benefit Stollery. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink, Also Donations will be accepted at the door.

Chris Colwell