Tuesday 10 March 2015

MJHL Quarter-Finals Preview - #8 Wayway Wolverines vs. #1 Portage Terriers

"MJHL Quarter-Final Series"

1st. Portage Terriers (53-3-4) = 110 points vs. 8th- Wayway Wolverines (24-31-5) = 53 points

"Regular Season Head to Head

Oct 12th/14- Portage over Wayway 6-2
Oct 18th/14- Portage over Wayway  5-2
Oct 24th/14- Portage over Wayway 6-2
Dec 7th/14- Portage over Wayway 4-2
Jan 18/15- Portage over Wayway 6-2
Feb 26th/15-Portage over Wayway  4-3 (SO)

Wayway: 0-5-1
Terriers: 6-0-0

Top Scorers (Regular Season)

#10 George Spilchal- 58GP 25G 32A= 57 points
#22 Robert Briem - 54GP 23G 17A= 40 points
#17 Rylee Zimmer- 34GP 10G 26A= 36 points
#24 Johl Swedlo - 60GP 14G 17A= 31 points
#9 Dylan Gedjos- 60GP 13G 18A= 31 points


#35 Mitch Wiebe- 20-22-0 record  2S0  3.04GAA    0.905SV %
#29 Brandon Holtby- 3-9-0 record,  2.86GAA    0.908 SV %

Top Scorers (Playoffs)

#10 George Spilchal- 2GP 2G 2A= 4 points
#25 Matty Miller- 2GP 1G 1A= 2 points
#5 Montana Tanner- 2GP 1G 1A= 2 points
#14 Neil Woolfrey- 2GP 1G 1A= 2 points
#9 Dylan Gedjos- 2GP 0G 2A= 2 points

#35 Mitch Wiebe- 2W 0L   2.43GAA  0.930SV%


  Terriers (Regular Season):

21 Zack Waldvogel - 60GP 28G 50A= 78 Points
#9 Brad Bowles - 57GP 25G 46A=  71 Points
#15 Shawn Bowles - 55GP 25G 39A= 64 Points
#23 Jordyn Boyd - 50GP 30G 28A= 58 Points
#39 Tyler Jeanson- 56GP 23G 31A= 54 Points


#33 Zac Robidoux- 5-1 record  1SO  1.77GAA  0.927SV%
 #35 Justin Laforest--  31-3-0 record   3SO    2.13GAA    0.911%

Special Teams (Regular Season)
Power Play:
Wayway-- (4th- 20.3%)
Portage-- (2nd- 22.85%)

Penalty Kill:
Wayway-- (2nd- 86.1%)
Portage-- (1st- 88.26%)

Special Teams (Playoffs)

Wayway-- (1st: 2 for 6 = 33%)

Penalty Kill: Wayway-- (4th: 4 for 6 = 67%)


Game 1- Wed. Mar 11th- Wayway @ Portage  7:30pm

Game 2- Fri. March 13th-  Portage @ Wayway 7:30pm

Game 3- Sun. March 15th-  Wayway @ Portage 6:30pm

Game 4- Wed. Mar 18th- Portage @ Wayway 7:30PM

Game 5- Fri. Mar 20th- Wayway @ Portage 7:30pm **

Game 6- Sun. Mar 22nd- Portage @ Wayway 7:30pm **

Game 7- Mon. Mar 23rd- Wayway @ Portage 7:30pm **

**If Necessary

*GX94- (GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff)



Coming off their first playoff series victory in franchise history, that win that booked them into a date with the league leading Portage Terriers in the Quarter- Final round.

The Wolverines didn't have much success against the 2015 RBC Cup hosts as they only got 1 out of  a possible 8 points but they were only seconds away in that 8th and final meeting but eventually fell in the shootout.

The Wolverines who were led during the regular season offensively by 20 year old George Spilchal and the Minnesota product continued that success in the playoffs as he had the OT winner in Game 1 vs. Dauphin then followed that up with a 2 point night in the series clinching Game 2. Also the Wolverines have been getting offense from their D, as 5 of the 7 defenceman that played in opening series, have at least a point while 3 out of Wayway's 8 goals have been scored by dman.

The Terriers are an offensive juggernaut scoring 285 goals in 60 regular season games (that just under 5 goals a game), 67 goals more thany any other team in the league. The Terrier had 6 players with at least 20 goals, led by Jordyn Boyd who had 30. They are also led by one of the best lines in junior hockey, led by 4 year veteran Zack Woldvogel who has 28 goals and 78 points to lead the way, he is flanked on that line with a pair of twins from Elkhorn  in Shawn and Brad Bowles. The Terriers D can also chip in with plenty of offence as well, MJHL Defenseman of the Year Tanner Jago had 17 goals, while D partner Kevin Pochuk who was acquired from Virden chipped in with 13.

If the Wolverines want to compete in this series they need continued strong play from Mitch Wiebe who was very solid all season and sensational in the series win over Dauphin and needs to go save for save with Justin Laforest, who was the backup with RBC Cup finalist Carleton Place Canadians last year, and had a MJHL's best 31W 3L, with a dandy 2.13GAA.

Other keys for the Wolverines to be successful is they need to be physical with the Terriers, take away their time and space, don't let their tremendous transition game going and need to continue their red hot special teams.

Wayway Coaches Show/ Quarter-Final Series Preview with Head Coach/General Manager Barry Butler

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