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MJHL Playoff Preview | Wolverines vs Oil Capitals

(3) Virden Oil Capitals vs Waywayseecapo Wolverines (2)

Season Series: 4-4 Virden Oil Capitals – Waywayseecappo Wolverines 4-3-0-1

Sept. 17th – 5-2 Wolverines win

Sept. 18th – 5-1 Wolverines win

Sept. 24th – 7-2 Wolverines win

Sept. 25th – 7-4 Oil Capitals win

Feb. 15th – 10-3 Oil Capitals win

Mar. 3rd – 5-4 Oil Capitals win in shootout

Mar. 4th – Wolverines win 5-2

Mar. 6th – Oil Capitals win 6-2

Goalie Records

Wolverines

Liam Tereposky: 4-1

Brett Mirwald: 0-1-0-1

Jase Wareham: 0-1

Oil Capitals

Ryley Gross: 1-1

Eric Reid: 1-1

Bailey Monteith: 2-1

Dawson Rattai: 0-1

Wolverines Stats

PP – 9/26

PK – 22/31

Top Scorers:

Boston Bird – 64 points in 49 games

Lonan Bulger – 61 points in 54 games

Andrew Boucher – 46 points 51 games

Potential Underrated Hero:

Defenceman Reagan Rabbit

Oil Capitals Stats

PP – 9/31

PK – 17/26

Top Scorers:

Braden Fischer – 74 points in 52 games

Nathan Driver – 55 points in 55 games (split between Freeze)

Carson Buydens – 53 points in 54 games

Potential Underrated Hero:

Forward Colin Cook

Series Thoughts:

You can probably toss the first four games out of the window. Both teams have changed drastically from the first series to open the regular season.

Virden is riding high, playing some of their best hockey at the best time. They are a hard team to play against and when all the lines are rolling, they’re hard to stop. Led by the MJHL MVP, the Oil Caps have rounded out their game of late as they look to be more than just a high-scoring team. Strong team defence and timely saves have shown they are a team finding its complete game. They’ve piled up some impressive wins with everyone on the bench feeling like they’ve pitched in. Belief can carry a team and if the Oil Caps keep the positivity, they’ll be hard to handle every night.

The Wolverines have had their ticket punched for a while now and have to ride the rollercoaster lately. Mixing in wins and losses probably makes people on the outside worry more than the players or coaches. The Wolverines have the type of offence that’s never out of any game. Scoring in the playoffs gets harder, so it’s important to have options and that’s exactly what the Wolverines have. Combine the scoring with big, strong defenders who move well and elite goaltending, Waywayseecappo feels they will be just fine.

The big question will be which teams can get stops at key times.

If you look back over the season series, there has been no shortage of goals. Each team has put up pretty impressive numbers. Now, some of those games may have been in the bank before some garbage goals were scored but it doesn’t take away from both teams flexing some serious goal scoring muscles. If one team gives up a goal or even two, they can’t just pack up and go home. This series will be about resilience. A heavy weight tilt where you may need to take a punch before you give one right back.

Protecting home ice will also be a major factor. Waywayseecappo earned the right to host a possible game 7 in their barn. The Oil Caps have won just once on the road and that was without the Wolverines top goalies.

This series will be an entertaining one, right down the final buzzer.