The Whitecourt Wolverines and Fort McMurray Oil Barons faced off in Whitecourt on Thursday in the lone action in the AJHL, and wow was the crowd thrilled with this one.
The Wolverines who brought their record to 21-25-2 with a thrashing win on the country’s #2 team by beating the “MOB” by a score of 7-2.
Captain Colten Mayor set the stage early by capitalizing on the Power Play on a rebound from Matthew Abt and Gianni Mangone, for his team leading 24th goal of the season.
The Boys in Red would take control in the 2nd period and wouldn’t look back from there as The Wolverines saw goals from Jordan Davies (7), Trace Elson (16,17) & Sam Lawson (12. The Oil Barons would get on the board, before Trace Elson got his second of the game, on a goal in which would be credited to Brett McNeil after a weak shot would go off of a Wolverine skate to beat Mac Engle who appeared in his 19th game of the season. Engle would go on to make 28 saves and win his 5th game of the season.
The Wolverines would take a 5-1 lead heading into the 3rd period however, that would be all for Oil Barons goaltender Tanner Jaillet who allowed 5 goals on 28 shots.
The Wolverines would be outshot in the 3rd period 10-2. Jesse Gordichuk who had relieved Jaillet only faced 2 shots however both shots would get past Gordichuk. Joel Herbert would continue the surge by tallying his 12th of the season shorthanded. Mitchell Vanderlaan would answer back and score the only other goal for the Oil Barons. But it was Ryan Berlin who would seal the deal and send everyone home with a Golf pass with his 20th of the season to make it a 7-2 Final.
Thursday Night Game Notes:â?¨
Scratches For Whitecourt: Zach Paterson, Brandon Switzer, Brodyn Neilson & Mitch Deacon â?¨â?¨
100 and counting – Evan Warmington played in his 100th game as a Wolverine.
Who’s Hot? Joel Kocur is hot collecting his 7th point in his last 5 games.
Welcome Back – Wolverine Affiliate Justin Young played in his 2nd game as a Wolverine recording 1 Assist.
Keep them coming – Associate Coach Darcy Charrois improved his coaching record to 3-0 in tonight’s contest.
Itching in – With 3 points tonight Colten Mayor moves within 2 points of league leading Spencer Doroqicz of the Olds Grizzles for Most Points on the season.
Foooour! –Fans in attendance were treated to a free 18 hole game of Golf at the Whitecourt G & CC in their Drive for 7 Promotion, as the Wolverines would score 7 Goals.
Final Shots on Goal: 30-30 (In 6 contests this season 5 of those games have all been tied in shots)
Whitecourt went 1/3 on the power play, while Fort McMurray went 0/5.â?¨â?¨
1st – (WCT) Joel Kocur – (2A) â?¨
2nd – (WCT) – Trace Elson (2G)â?¨
3rd – (WCT) – Colten Mayor – (1G,2A)â?¨â?¨
Attendance at the Scott Safety Centre – 840
The Wolverines take to the road for their final South road trip of the season with games in Brooks on Saturday (7pm) & Okotoks on Sunday (4:15pm) All the action can be seen on AJHL Web TV.
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