There were certainly mixed emotions for nine 20-year-olds heading into what they already knew would be their final junior hockey game.
But the Wayway Wolverines clearly wanted to end their season on a high note, and the 20-year-olds in particular, as they beat the Dauphin Kings for the second time this week, 4-3 in Waywayseecappo.
Just six Wolverines hit the scoresheet, and they were all 20-year-olds.
Shane Goodrunning had 2g-1a, and led the Wolverines in scoring this season with 58 points (25g-33a) in 51 games. Richard Little finished second on the team in points, and had 3 assists in his last MJHL game (18-29-47 on the season). Bobby Janzen capped off a spectacular 20-year-old campaign with 39 points from the blue line, including 2 assists on Saturday. Ashley Howie scored his team-leading 26th of the year. Stephane Robidoux also scored a goal, and Pierre Landry added an assist.
The Wolverines ended up with a record of 26-27-9, just one point back of Swan Valley for a spot in the playoffs.
Not that it's any consolation right now, but they were a team that could have been a real darkhorse had they squeaked in. The Wolverines were 8-2-1 in their final 11 games as they nearly erased a large gap in the standings. They had good games with OCN all season, and were a handful for Dauphin every time out. All 9 games they played against the Kings were decided by two goals or less, and they beat them three times.
Thanks for another season to the Wolverines, especially all the grads, and Barry, Thomas, Wes, and company. All easy guys to deal with and travel with. Still sorry I slept through breakfast in The Pas!