Wenatchee, WA – After a day off from play, both the Wenatchee Wolves and West Sound Warriors were back at it this evening. The first period was dominated by the Wolves as the team exploded out of the gate, thus scoring five goals while holding the Warriors scoreless. For the Wolves, Hunter Alden netted two goals, while Coleton Booth, Thomas Hendry, and Will Connors also scored.
As the Wolves entered onto the ice with a 5 – 0 lead over the Warriors to start the second period, neither team would score until the final half of the period. The Wolves scored first when Raymond Fleming found the back of the net, which was the first of four goals for the Wolves in the period. Despite the Wolves’ extending their lead, the Warriors were able to avoid the shutout when Chris Mitchell beat the Wolves’ goalie, Max Flynn, for the team’s only goal.
Before the third period started, the Warriors made a change in net from Austin McCain to Christopher Sohl. Not even this change could slow the Wolves down as the team went on to score seven goals in the third period. This seven goal period pushed the Wolves to a 16 – 1 victory over the Warriors.
Ryan McKelvie, the Wolves’ head coach, shared his thoughts about his team’s performance tonight. McKelvie said, “we are always focused on improving and I think our guys are headed in a positive direction. Going into a two week break, we want to make sure that we really push ourselves and have a couple good weeks of practice, so we are ready for the final stretch.”
Matt Ferris, the Warriors’ head coach, also discussed his thoughts about his team’s performance today. Ferris stated, “plain and simple, we didn’t have a performance.”
The Wolves (32-1-0-0, 64 points) were able to complete the two-game series sweep over the Warriors (6-25-1-1, 14 points) today. Next week, the Wolves will enjoy a weekend off from NPHL play before taking on the Bellingham Blazers on Saturday, February 20th. For the Warriors, the team will take on the Tri-City Outlaws in a home-and-home, two-game, series beginning on February 12th.
(WEN) Johnny Schacher (D) – excellent defensive play, five assists
(WEN) Coleton Booth (F) – one goal and three assists
Tomorrow, tune in to the NPHL’s website for the offensive player of the week award!
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