(Wausau, WI)- Ryan Hempel led the way Friday Night with a hat trick as the Wausau RiverWolves defeated the Evansville Thunderbolts 8-4. Matt Irwin also had a big night with 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists), while scoring his 30th goal on the season.
The Wausau RiverWolves took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Ryan Hempel. Sean Johnston delivered with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Michael Alfonso added 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).
In the first, Alfonso opened the scoring for Wausau with a goal at 2:38 with helpers from his linemates, Irwin and Hempel. Hannebrink answered for the Thunderbolts with a goal at 7:16. Hempel answered for the RiverWolves with a goal at 11:54 with assists from teammates Pinkert and Irwin.
During the second, Alton put in a goal at 2:18 with helpers from his linemates, Hempel and Irwin. Johnston scored a goal at 9:46 with assists from Rukamp and Renter. Hempel deposited what turned out to be the game winning goal at 13:38 with helpers, Rukamp and Johnston. Kowalski answered for Evansville with a goal at 16:35 with assists from Rowe and Scott. Irwin answered for Wausau with a goal at 19:05, his 30th on the season.
In the third, Hempel netted a hat trick with his third goal of the game at 2:46. Ben Brown scored a goal at 14:49 to cap off the scoring.
Your Wausau RiverWolves will be back in action at Marathon Park on Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd for the last home games of the season! Get your tickets for the Trig’s Family Four Pack and Fan Appreciation Night!