Wenatchee, WA – The Wenatchee Wolves began the team’s last home series against the Eugene Generals tonight. This series marks the final two-game series of the regular season before both teams head into the playoffs. During the first period, the Generals were able to strike first when Kory Palmer scored an unassisted goal. But the Wolves had an answer for the Generals. Brayden Durante located Hayden Givens, who then found the back of the net for the goal.
As both teams entered into the second period knotted up at one goal apiece, the Wolves took the team’s first lead of the night. About five minutes into the period, Givens found the back of the net to give the Wolves the lead. After Givens’ goal, Richie Stickle scored a goal of his own. Then the period ended how it started, with a goal from Givens. This goal gave Givens a hat trick for the evening.
The Wolves entered into the third period with a 4 – 1 lead over the Generals. During the final 20 minutes of the game, the Wolves scored three goals while holding the Generals to a single goal. This three-goal period by the Wolves pushed the team to a 7 – 2 victory over the Generals.
Ryan McKelvie, the Wolves’ head coach, commented on the Wolves’ performance tonight. McKelvie said, “our effort was good tonight. We have some things to clean up for tomorrow. I think we can move the puck better than we did tonight, and I expect our guys to be a little bit more sharp tomorrow.”
Daniel Gomez, the Generals’ assistant coach, shared his thoughts about tonight’s game. Gomez said, “I saw some things that we worked on in practice, and it looked like we improved a little bit. We kind of lacked intensity on the power play. We also had a really tough time breaking it out when we had the odd man advantage. But the biggest thing was the lack of physicality and foot movement away from the puck.”
The Wolves (38-1-0-0, 76 points) and Generals (21-16-1-1, 44 points) will stay put for the final regular season game of the NPHL’s 2015 – 2016 season. The puck is scheduled to drop tomorrow at 2:35 pm (PST).
(WEN) Hayden Givens (F) – four goals
(WEN) Griffin Wiencek (F) – three assists
Kennewick, WA – The Tri-City Outlaws and Seattle Ravens wrapped up the teams’ final regular season game tonight. As the Ravens completed the team’s inaugural season, the Outlaws are buckling down for the playoffs next weekend. To start tonight’s game, the Outlaws rattled off four goals while holding the Ravens to one goal. These four goals gave the Outlaws an early 4 – 1 lead by the end of the first period.
The Ravens carried the team’s momentum from the first period into the second period when Ryan Donlan found the back of the net. This would be the first goal in a three-goal period by the Ravens as Logan Koski and Tom Speer also recorded goals for the team. But the Outlaws had a few answers for the Ravens when Aaron Questad and Adam Shimamoto both scored.
During the final 20 minutes of the game, the Outlaws entered into the third period with a 6 – 4 lead over the Ravens. Both teams were able to score at least one goal during the period. For the Outlaws, it was Justin Schrodt and Payton Okon finding the back of the net. While Jon Crosbie scored for the Ravens. The Outlaws defeated the Ravens tonight, 8 – 5.
Geno McCue, the Outlaws’ head coach, shared his thoughts about tonight’s game. McCue said, “both teams played a very good game tonight. I thought my boys stepped up and did what they were supposed to do. They passed the puck much better and they also supported each other much better. It was just a really good hockey game.”
Adam Kurtenbach, the Ravens’ head coach, also discussed his thoughts about tonight’s game. Kurtenbach said, “I thought we battled hard. We went down 4 – 1 early in the game, but the boys battled the rest of the way. Character wise, I was happy and proud of our team.”
That wraps up the Ravens’ (7-31-1-1, 16 points) first season in the NPHL, while the Outlaws (15-24-1-0, 31 points) are set to take on the Wolves next weekend in the league’s 2016 playoffs.
(TRI) Nick Gay (D) – stout defensive play, one goal, and two assists
(TRI) Justin Schrodt (F) – two goals and two assists
Bremerton, WA – The West Sound Warriors hosted the Bellingham Blazers tonight for the teams’ final game of the regular season. The Blazers began the first period with two back-to-back goals. Mark Klasen scored the first goal; then 22 seconds later, Sean Meetsma recorded the second goal. When the final horn sounded for the period, the Blazers skated off into the first intermission with a 2 – 0 lead over the Warriors.
After entering into the second period with a two-goal lead, the Blazers were able to build on the team’s lead while holding the Warriors to a single goal. Alex Leski scored the first goal for the Blazers in the period. After Leski’s goal, the Warriors scored their first goal of the night when Tyler Perry found the back of the net. But during the final nine minutes of the period, the Blazers scored an additional two goals to round out play in the second period.
The Blazers entered into the third period with a 5 – 1 lead over the Warriors. Both teams scored during the game’s final period. The Blazers netted two goals while the Warriors scored one. When the final whistle blew, the Blazers skated away with the 7 – 2 victory tonight over the Warriors.
Matt Ferris, the Warriors’ head coach, commented on tonight’s game. Ferris said, “the boys played hard. Sometimes it is difficult to find the motivation when you aren’t going to the playoffs. But despite this, the boys still played hard tonight.”
The Warriors (8-30-1-1, 18 points) ended the team’s season tonight as the Blazers (30-9-1-0, 61 points) travel home to prepare for the playoffs. The Blazers are set to take on the Generals in the first round of the NPHL’s 2016 playoffs.
(BEL) Kevin Duncan (D) – excellent defensive play, three assists
(BEL) Sean Meetsma (F) – two goals and one assist
That wraps up tonight’s action in the NPHL. Tomorrow, tune in to the league’s website for a full recap following the conclusion of the last regular season game between the Generals and the Wolves.
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