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NPHL Weekend Recap: Sunday, February 28th Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 29 Feb 2016  
By: Garrett J Fabris

Wenatchee, WA – The Wenatchee Wolves and Seattle Ravens hit the ice one more time to round out this weekend’s play in the Northern Pacific Hockey League. To start tonight’s action, the Wolves came out of the gate scorching hot. In the first 20 minutes, the Wolves were able to score five goals while holding the Ravens scoreless. Brayden Durante (x2), Jonathan Banovetz, Hayden Givens, and Griffin Wiencek all scored during the period.

The Wolves were able to carry the team’s momentum into the second period. Givens scored two goals to start the period, which gave him his third hat trick of the season. Givens’ goals were then followed up by goals from Denton Hymer, Otto Chao (x2), and Jack Newhouse. These six goals pushed the Wolves to an 11 – 0 lead over the Ravens by the end of the period.

As both teams hit the ice for the third period, the Wolves were able to maintain the team’s lead while holding the Ravens at bay. In the final 20 minutes of the game, the Wolves were able to score a goal while holding the Ravens scoreless. When the final horn sounded, the Wolves skated away with the 12 – 0 victory tonight.

Ryan McKelvie, the Wolves’ head coach, commented on tonight’s game. McKelvie said, “we played well, it was good to see. After coming off of a really long trip down to Eugene, our guys had good energy tonight. So that was good.”

Adam Kurtenbach, the Ravens’ head coach, also commented on tonight’s game. Kurtenbach stated, “we worked hard tonight, but we were outmanned. When you have limited players on the bench against a good hockey team, it will be a tough night, as it was. We had some bad breaks early on and it kind of went downhill from there.”

Next week, the Wolves (37-1-0-0, 74 points) will host the Eugene Generals for a two-game series. Then the Ravens (6-30-1-1, 14 points) will take on the Tri-City Outlaws in a home-and-home, two-game, series.

Notable Performances:
(WEN) Brayden Durante (F) – two goals and three assists
(WEN) Hunter Alden (F) – four assists

Tune in to the NPHL’s website on Wednesday, March 2nd, for a weekend preview.

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