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NPHL Playoff Recap: Tuesday, March 15th Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 16 Mar 2016  
By: Garrett J Fabris

Wenatchee, WA – The #1 Wenatchee Wolves and #4 Tri-City Outlaws hit the ice tonight for the third game in this best of five playoff series. During the previous two games, the Wolves were able to capture both victories. To start tonight’s game, the Wolves scored three straight goals. After the team built a three-goal lead, the Outlaws scored their first goal since the first game in the series, which was back on Saturday, March 12th. The teams continued to go back and forth until the period came to an end.

After building a 4 – 1 lead during the first period, the Wolves were able to hold the Outlaws at bay while scoring two goals in the second period. The Wolves’ first goal in the period came with four minutes and 56 seconds left on the clock when Hayden Givens found the back of the net. As the period continued, the Wolves scored one more goal with 18 ticks left in the period. These two goals pushed the Wolves to a 6 – 1 lead.

The Wolves hit the ice with a five-goal lead to start the final period of the night. The team cruised to the finish line from there, while also being able to build upon their lead. During the third period, the Wolves scored three goals while holding the Outlaws to zero goals. This three-goal period by the Wolves pushed the team to a 9 – 1 victory, thus concluding this series.

Ryan McKelvie, the Wolves’ head coach, commented on tonight’s game. McKelvie said, “we had really high goals in terms of how well and disciplined we played defensively. Our guys met all three of the goals that we set before this series. They were high goals, so I’m happy they met them. I thought they worked really hard and got better this week.”

Geno McCue, the Outlaws’ head coach, also shared his comments about tonight’s game. McCue said, “the kids played a very hard game. You know, Wenatchee is just loaded. They are a tough team, but both teams played well.”

Since the Wolves (3-0-0, 6 points) beat the Outlaws (0-3-0, 0 points) tonight, the team will advance to their first ever Cascade Cup Championship series. But the Wolves may have to wait until Sunday to find out who they will face between the Bellingham Blazers and Eugene Generals.

Notable Performances:
(WEN) Johnny Schacher (D) – excellent defensive play and four assists
(WEN) Coleton Booth (F) – three goals (hat trick)

On Friday, the #2 Blazers and #3 Generals will continue their series at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon. Tune in to the NPHL’s website for a full recap following the conclusion of the game.

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