Much like Game One, Bonnyville found themselves down 1-0 after 20 minutes of play at the RJ Lalonde Arena. Hayden Clayton capitalized on a Bonnyville turnover and then beat Colby Muise glove side giving the Wolverines an unexpected lead.
Bonnyville didn’t play at the standard were are used to seeing them in the first period making turnover after turnover and allowing the Wolverines to get chances to extend their lead. Brayden Labant came close to double his teams lead beating Muise but not able to beat the post.
The Pontiacs began the second period on the penalty kill with Jackson Hogg in the box for tripping late in the first. A couple of offensive chances shorthanded seemed to be the start of a momentum boost for the home team.
It seemed like only a matter of time before the Pontiacs got on the board and took control of the game. They piled on the pressure with chances from Lucas Thorne, Grayson Constable and Garin Butler but they were all denied by Tye Morin who played phenomenal for the Wolverines.
The breakthrough came on the powerplay when Dubois beat Morin the low slot following an excellent pass from Captain Constable.
Early in the third, Constable picked the puck up on his own blueline and carried into the Wolverines zone then managed to beat Morin from the high slot to make it 2-1.
To round out the scoring, Dubois got his third of the postseason with a quick slap shot on the backdoor after being found by Constable for his third point of the night.
A negative throughout this game was the number of penalties handed out. The flow of the game was damaged for both teams with the number of times the special teams were on the ice.
Much like what Michael Menzies said in yesterday’s report, the Pontiacs were let off the hook. If they can get by the Wolverines on Sunday and move onto round two, the opponents are going to get much tougher. They need to clean up their game before it comes back to bite them.
Final score at the RJ Lalonde Arena: Bonnyville Pontiacs 3 – 1 Whitecourt Wolverines.