Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wolves were in action this past weekend at the final NAPHL showcase tournament at Troy, Michigan, going 2-3 to close out their NAPHL schedule.
On Thursday, January 7th, the Wolves opened up showcase play, dropping a 4-2 decision to Pursuit of Excellence. Wenatchee got a pair of goals from Richie Stickle (Healy, AK) and 25 saves from Max Flynn (Wenatchee, WA), but weren’t able to secure the victory. The Wolves were 1-for-2 on the power play and 8-of-8 on the penalty kill.
Later that day, Wenatchee lost to the New Jersey Jr. Titans, 2-0. Bronson Moore (Kennewick, WA) made 27 saves for the Wolves, who went 0-for-6 on the power play and 9-of-9 on the penalty kill.
On Friday, January 8th, Wenatchee topped the St. Louis Selects 4-1. Will Connors (Richland, WA) paced the attack with 2 goals and an assist, Stickle added a goal and an assist and Hunter Alden (Walla Walla, WA) chipped in with a pair of assists. Flynn made 32 saves for the Wolves, who went 2-for-11 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill.
Wenatchee edged the Pikes Peak Miners 1-0 on Saturday, January 9th. Connors scored a power play goal late in the third period for the Wolves, who got 22 saves from Moore. Wenatchee went 1-for-6 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill.
The Wolves wrapped up showcase play on Sunday, January 10th, with a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Flynn made 14 saves for Wenatchee, which went 0-for-10 on the power play and 8-of-8 on the penalty kill.
“Although we would have liked to win a couple more games,” said Wenatchee Wolves Head Coach Ryan McKelvie, “I thought our performance showed just how far our team has come since the beginning of the season. In our last three games of the showcase we were able to have success against quality opponents and many of our individual players figured out how to produce at that level. Our focus is always on the process of getting better and maximizing our performance and it was really nice to see the progress that this group of players has made so far this season.”
The Wolves finish their NAPHL schedule with a record of 10-14-1. They return to NPHL play this weekend with a pair of games against the Bellingham Blazers at the Community Rink at the Town Toyota Center on Sunday, January 17th at 7:35pm and Monday, January 18th at 2:35pm. Wenatchee leads Bellingham by 4 points in the race for first in the NPHL.
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