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(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!


Person that has been the biggest influence on your hockey career?

My Dad

Where is your favorite place to eat in the Wausau area?

Milwaukee Burger

How does it feel to be selected to the NA3HL Prospect Showcase?

It’s a big honor to be selected to the Showcase.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Played Hockey, Football, Soccer and Baseball growing up.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Manzanillo, Mexico

What is your favorite T.V. show on Netflix?

That 70’s Show

What is your favorite NHL team?

Minnesota Wild

What is your favorite hockey movie?

Mighty Ducks

What have you enjoyed about Wausau?

Fan support we get here.

What are your future ambitions for your hockey career?

Hope to player D3 somewhere.

Who is the biggest jokester on the team?

Tristen Hultberg

Growing up who was your all time favorite hockey player?

Marian Gaborik

What would you like to do as a profession if hockey doesn’t work out?

Work in the Medical Field

Irwin and Rudloff named to NA3HL Top Prospects Roster

FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced the rosters and schedule for the 2018 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 27-28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament is played in conjunction with the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The event has quickly become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind, with hundreds of junior, NCAA and NHL expected in attendance this season.

120 total players from the NA3HL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in three games each during the event.  The event will feature four teams that represent the eight divisions in the NA3HL. Two separate NA3HL Selects teams will compete as the fifth and sixth teams in the event.  The Selects team rosters are comprised of players with birth years of 1999, 2000, or 2001.

For more information on the 2018 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, please visit: http://na3hl.com/tpt/



Blue (Central/Coastal)

Green (Northeast/South)

Grey (Frontier/West)

Orange (East/Midwest)

NA3HL 18U Selects Red

NA3HL 18U Selects White



Blue: Todd Sanden, North Iowa Bulls (Central) and Cameron Robichaud, L/A Nordiques (Coastal)

Green: Chris Laganiere, Binghamton Junior Senators (Northeast) and Michael Hill, Texas Brahmas (South)

Grey: Ryan Theros, Yellowstone Quake (Frontier) and Andrew Kolb, New Ulm Steel (West)

Orange: Justin Quenneville, Metro Jets (East) and Chris Flaugher, St. Louis Jr. Blues (Midwest)

Selects Red: Dave Dorsey, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Selects White: Jon Vaillancourt, La Crosse Freeze


2018 NA3HL Top Prospects schedule (all times eastern, subject to change):

Tuesday, February 27th

9:00am: Orange (East/Midwest) vs. Green (Northeast/South)

10:15am: NA3HL 18U Selects White vs. Blue (Central/Coastal)

11:00am: NA3HL 18U Selects Red vs. Grey (Frontier/West)

4:30pm: NA3HL 18U Selects White vs. Orange (East/Midwest)

6:30pm: Grey (Frontier/West) vs. Green (Northeast/South)

8:30pm: NA3HL 18U Selects Red vs. Blue (Central/Coastal)


Wednesday, February 28th

8:00am: NA3HL 18U Selects White vs. Grey  (Frontier/West)

10:00am: NA3HL 18U Selects Red vs. Green (Northeast/South)

12:00pm: Orange (East/Midwest) vs. Blue (Central/Coastal)


Each team will play two games on Tuesday, February 27th and one game on Wednesday, February 28th. Games will consist of three (3) 17-Minute Periods with a single ice cut in the middle of the 2nd period.


About the NA3HL

Now in its eighth season, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of six USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification.  The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League and eventually the NCAA or American College Hockey Association.  For more information, visit www.na3hl.com

(Wausau, WI)- The Wausau RiverWolves took on the Wisconsin Whalers from Oregon, Wisconsin at Marathon Park on Friday.  The Whalers currently stand in 3rd place and the RiverWolves are two points back from 4th in the Central Division.

Ron Rentner, native of Chicago, Illinois got the scoring started for the RiverWolves at the 2:31 mark of the 1st period.  Wausau then added three goals to the score sheet in the 2nd period.  Connor Moore was able to net two goals in the period, one coming at the 3:32 mark and his second coming at the 7:02 mark.  Rentner again got on the score sheet with his second goal of the game at the 19:39 mark in the 2nd.  No goals came in the 3rd period for the RIverWolves.  Matt Irwin was able to notch his team high 13th goal in the overtime period with his goal coming just 15 seconds into extra time.  Henry Baribeau picked up the win for the RiverWolves stopping 57 shots.

The Wausau RiverWolves next set of games will be held at the Schwan Super Rink for the NA3HL Showcase.  The RiverWolves will play Dec. 17th against the Louisiana Drillers, Dec. 18th against the Southern Tier Express and Dec. 19th vs. the Toledo Cherokee.  The next home game at Marathon Park will be after Christmas, December 29th vs. the Peoria Mustangs for a 7 p.m. puck drop!

The RiverWolves Inaugural Season is underway! Promotional Nights, Season Ticket, Group Ticket and Regular Season Schedule information is available online at riverwolveshockey.com