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NPHL Weekend Recap: Friday, February 26th Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 27 Feb 2016  
By: Garrett J Fabris

           Kennewick, WA – The Tri-City Outlaws hosted the Seattle Ravens for the first game in a home-and-home, two-game, series tonight. The game started with a goal from the Ravens, which opened up a back and forth period between these two teams. Then the Outlaws were able to quickly tie the game at one goal apiece.

About three minutes later, the Ravens scored twice, giving the team a 3 – 1 lead. With a minute before the end of the period, Aaron Questad scored for the Outlaws which cut the Ravens’ lead to one goal.

As the second period started, both teams scored a goal. After these goals, the Ravens were able to maintain the team’s one-goal lead for another 10 minutes. But, with about nine minutes left in the period, the Outlaws then went on a six goal run. This seven-goal period by the Outlaws put the team up 9 – 4 at the end of the second period.

During the final period of play, the Ravens were able to score first, which came two seconds before the halfway point of the period. Both teams then scored one more goal to round out the first game in this two-game series. The Outlaws were able beat the Ravens tonight, 10 – 6.

Geno McCue, the Outlaws’ head coach, commented on tonight’s game. McCue stated, “the boys did what they had to do to win the game. We played okay in the first period, then in the second period we did what we were supposed to do, and it made a big difference. When the third period came, we were playing like we did in the first period. We played well for one period, and that’s not our goal. Our goal is 60 minutes.”

For the final game in this series, the Ravens (6-28-1-1, 14 points) will host the Outlaws (13-23-1-0, 27 points) tomorrow at the Kent Valley Ice Centre in Kent, Washington. This game is scheduled to start at 6:35 pm (PST).

Notable Performances:
(TRI) Payton Okon (F) – two goals and two assists
(TRI) Aaron Questad (F) – two goals and two assists

Eugene, OR – The Eugene Generals welcomed the Wenatchee Wolves into town today for the first game in a two-game series. As both teams duked it out, the Generals were able to score the first, and only, goal of the first period. This lone goal for the Generals was scored by Cole Bloemer, while Christian Dale and Xavier Murdoch assisted on the play.

As both teams hit the ice for the start of the second period, the Wolves were able to knot the game at one goal apiece. For the Wolves, it was Richie Stickle who beat the Generals’ goalie, Zealand Walterscheid, for the only goal of the period. With the game tied at one goal apiece, the Wolves outshot the Generals 31 – 10 throughout the first two periods.

After both teams entered into the final period tied with one another, the Wolves were able to take the team’s first lead of the night when Hunter Alden scored. Then a quick two minutes later, Coleton Booth scored the Wolves’ third goal. This goal pushed the Wolves to a 3 – 1 victory over the Generals.

Justin Kern, the Generals’ head coach, shared his thoughts about tonight’s game. Kern said, “we played a pretty solid game tonight and it was a good turn around from last weekend. But again, it comes down to us making mistakes and other teams capitalizing on them. We need to clean it up in the defensive zone and keep up the pressure, but I thought it was a pretty good game for both teams.”

Ryan McKelvie, the Wolves’ head coach, also shared his thoughts about tonight’s game. McKelvie said, “both teams played hard, and I thought that our guys played a full 60 minutes. They kept working and shooting pucks, and eventually the pucks went in. I thought it was a great game and we will be ready for another great one tomorrow.”

The Wolves (35-1-0-0, 70 points) and Generals (21-14-1-1, 44 points) will stay at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon, for the final game in this series. The puck will drop at 7:35 pm (PST).

Notable Performances:
(WEN) Hunter Alden (F) – one goal and one assist
(WEN) Richie Stickle (F) – one goal and one assist

Bellingham, WA – The West Sound Warriors traveled to Bellingham, Washington, to begin a two-game series against the Bellingham Blazers this evening. To start tonight’s action, the Blazers came out firing on all cylinders. Three separate players scored four goals for the Blazers, while the team held the Warriors scoreless. Brett Hanson, Reese Fegen (x2), and Sam Vizenor all scored for the Blazers.

After starting the second period up 4 – 0 over the Warriors, the Blazers were able to continue to build on the team’s lead. During the second period, the Blazers recorded an additional five goals, which put the team up 9 – 0 over the Warriors. Fegen was able to score his third goal of the night during the period, which gave him his second hat trick of the season.

During the third period, the Blazers were able to cruise to the finish line against the Warriors. After entering into the period with a sizable lead, the Blazers went on to score three more goals before the final horn. The Blazers beat the Warriors tonight, 12 – 0.

Matt Ferris, the Warriors’ head coach, commented on tonight’s game. Ferris stated, “we weren’t hungry enough and we got our butts handed to us. We will need to get better and play harder.”

The Blazers (28-9-1-0, 57 points) and Warriors (8-28-1-1, 18 points) will now travel to Bremerton, Washington, to conclude this two-game series at the Bremerton Ice Center. This game is scheduled to start at 7:35 pm (PST).

Notable Performances:
(BEL) Karl Andersson (G) – first win of the season and the shutout
(BEL) Reese Fegen (F) – three goals and two assists

Tomorrow, tune in to the NPHL’s website for a full recap following the conclusion of the final game.

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