Time runs out on Wolverines
Time apparently ran out before the puck ended up in the Prairie Centre net Tuesday night at the Community Ice Arena.
Instead of going into overtime with the Wolverines, the visiting North Stars went home with their first victory in seven games. The late goal had the WDC faithful buzzing, but the officials did not rule it a goal and WDC head coach Dan Savoie did not protest.
"Of course people have been coming up to me and telling me that the goal was in the net before the buzzer," Savoie said.
The Wolverines had another sputtering start that saw them go through the first two periods scoreless. Slow starts have plagued the Wolverines in the early going and has led to a 1-5 record.
The two clubs spent the first period exchanging the puck in the middle of the rink. The North Stars finally pushed a goal by WDC's Tyler Muehler at the 3:59 mark when Cody Bartkowicz scored on a feed from Nate Mettenburg.
Tyler Schultz gave Prairie Centre a 2-0 lead at the 12:35 mark with a power play goal. The North Stars made it 3-0 when Preston Pung found the net at the 15:07 mark.
The Wolverines came out smoking in the final period and kept senior goalie Aaron Olson busy until Brandyn Swanson slipped one past him at the 9:21 mark. Nick LeTourneau brought the Wolverines within one goal on a feed from Logan Meyer at 11:49.
There were two face-offs in the final seconds, one at the blue line and the other in front of Prairie Centre's goal.
The Wolverines received another stellar goal-tending effort from Muehler, who has faced the most shots of any goalie in the state this year.
"We wouldn't be in a lot of games if it weren't for Muehler," Savoie said.
Muehler has faced 203 shots and stopped 185 of them for a 91.5 save average -- which is the best mark in the conference and one of the best in the section.
Muehler ended up with 32 saves. Olson stopped 26 shots.
The Wolverines will have a week to regroup before hosting their holiday tournament Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-30.
Prairie Center 3, WDC 2
Prairie Centre 0 3 0 - 3
WDC 0 0 2 - 2
PC: Cody Bartkowicz (Tyler Schultz) 3:59
PC: Tyler Schultz (Bartkowicz, Nate Mettenburg) 12:35
PC: Preston Pung (Bartowicz, Mettenburg) 15:07
WDC: Brandyn Swanson (unassisted) 9:21
WDC: Nick LeTourneau (Logan Meyer) 11:49
Aaron Olson (PC) 26, Tyler Muehler (WDC) 32
Kittson Central 3, WDC 1
A lack of scoring punch cost the Wolverines Saturday afternoon as they put just 16 shots on goal in a loss to Kittson Central.
The Wolverines had their third straight scoring letdown in a row in taking their fourth loss in five games. WDC skaters have produced just seven goals this season.
Logan Meyer found the net with a power play goal at the 15:56 mark of the second period on a feed from Taylor Bienusa, who boosted his assist total to four this season.
Scoring goals for the Bearcats were Craig Lindegard, Nathan Youngren and Gabe Montoya. Lindegard also came up with a pair of assists.
WDC goalie Tyler Muehler kicked out 30 of Kittson Central's 33 shots.
Kittson Central 3, WDC 1
KC 1 1 1 - 3
WDC 0 1 0 - 1
KC: Craig Lindegard (Jeff Bergh, Brady Diamond) 13:28
KC: Nathan Youngren (Lindegard) 12:48
WDC: Logan Meyer (Taylor Bienusa) 15:56
KC: Gabe Montoya (Markas Dahl, Craig Lindegard) 10:01
Tyler Muehler (WDC) 30; Alex Chaput (KC) 15
Northern Lakes 3, WDC 1
Sam Johnson scored a hat trick and the Lightning peppered Tyler Muehler with 53 shots Thursday night at Breezy Point.
Brennan Wallace scored WDC's lone goal in the second period when he took a feed from Tyler Schmitz at the 15:01 mark.
Muehler faced 44 shots in the first two periods and held the Lightning scoreless in Period 3.
WDC 0 1 0 - 1
NL 1 2 0 - 3
NL: Sam Johnson (Jace Goodmanson, Connor Chambers) 5:59
NL: Johnson (Cody Chambers, Collin Burke) 7:53
NL: Johnson (Burke, Connor Chambers) 14:48
WDC: Brennan Wallace (Tyler Schmitz) 15:01
Saves: Tyler Muehler (WDC) 50; Joey Bergquist (NL) 13