Thursday 5 March 2015

MJHL Survivor Series- #8 Wayway Wolverines vs. #9 Dauphin Kings


"MJHL Survivor Series"
8th- Wayway Wolverines (24-31-5) = 53 points vs 9th. Dauphin Kings (23-31-6) = 52 points

"Regular Season Head to Head

Sept 20th/14- Dauphin over Wayway 4-0
Oct 7th/14- Wayway over Dauphin 4-0
Dec. 2nd/14- Dauphin over Wayway 6-2
Jan. 9th/15- Wayway over Dauphin 3-2 (SO)
Feb 14th/15- Dauphin over Wayway 3-2 (SO)
Feb 17th/15- Wayway over Dauphin 2-1

Wayway: 3-2-1
Kings: 3-2-1

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 %



18 Chance Thomas - 60GP 18G 27A= 45 Points
#22 Mathieu Lapointe - 58GP 18G 26A= 38 Points
#9 Ben Hull - 60GP 17G 20A= 37 Points
#14 Dylan Bredahl - 52GP 14G 20A= 34 Points
 #39 Rylan Freed- 58GP 11G 19A= 30 Points


#29 Troy Martynuik- 9-21 record  1SO  2.99GAA  0.907SV%
  #35 Connor Shaw- 9-6-0 record     3.52GAA    0.892%

Special Teams:
Power Play:
Wayway-- (4th- 20.3%)
Dauphin -- (9th- 15.1%)

Penalty Kill:
Wayway-- (2nd- 86.1%)
Dauphin-- (9th-- 81.2%)


Game 1- Thurs. Mar 5th- Dauphin @ Wayway  7:30pm

Game 2- Sat March7th- Wayway @ Dauphin 7:00pm *GX94

**Game 3-Sun. March 8th-  Dauphin @ Wayway  7:30pm *GX94

**If Necessary

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


Analysis: These two former Sherwood division rivals will do better once again in the post season, this time in a battle to try and grab one of the 2 remaining berths into the MJHL playoffs.

For the Wayway Wolverines they have saved their best play to the end as at one point in the season were 10 points behind the Kings for 8th place, but with a very strong February they were able to catch them and overtake Dauphin by a point to get home ice in this Best of 3 series.

For the Wolverines going in, the first question will be what kind of line up they will have for Game 1, goaltender Mitch Wiebe who has been outstanding all season hasn't been able to play in the last 4 games due to injury but it looks like he should be ready to go for Game 1, if not Brandon Holtby has showed over the past couple weeks to be a capable go to. Also MJHL Rookie Team member Rylee Zimmer, who is a key member of that top line with George Spilchal, and Robert Briem has been in and out of the line up and his status is still up in the air for the series.  Speaking of Spilchal, he has been on fire all season leading the Wolverines with 25 goals and 57 points all season but also the Wolverines will need some depth scoring from all 4 lines, great goaltending and their special teams to keep clicking to be successful in the post season.

For the Kings, there is plenty of turnover from last years club that made it all the way to the RBC Cup Semi-Finals. Actually looking back to the beginning of the year, Tyler Garrioch was only regular remaining but he has since been dealt to the Steinbach Pistons. The Kings have been lead offensively by rookies Chance Thomas and Mathieu Lapointe who have been a dynamic all season. 20 year old rookie dman Ben Hull is the 3rd top scorer on this Kings team with 37 points, 17 of them goals (11 on the PP). Also former Wolverines Drake Bodie who missed most of the first half of the season has returned and is getting stronger and stronger. While between the pipes, Troy Martynuik has played most of the games this season, but as of late local product Connor Shaw has carried the load going 5-2 in month of February to help him win MJHL's Goalie of the Month.

So all in all, whenever these two teams battle whether its preseason, regular season or post season its always tight, exciting and some fun hockey to watch and I'm sure we can expect more of the same this time around as well.

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