(Wausau, WI)- The Wausau RiverWolves travel to Oregon, Wisconsin to take on the Wisconsin Whalers for a rare Wednesday night match-up. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. tonight on HockeyTV. Currently the RiverWolves are in sixth place in the Central Division with 5-10-1 record. Wisconsin is fourth with a record of 9-10-0. In game one of six versus Wisconsin this season back on November 3rd, the RiverWolves fell by a final score of 4-2.
What to watch for
Look for Tanner Eskro to make an impact on the game tonight, as he continues to show growth in his game in recent weeks. Eskro recorded a goal at the 14:33 mark of the third period, which brought the RiverWolves within one goal of the Power last Saturday. This season Eskro holds eight points to his name with 6 goals and 2 assists.
Sam Hanson and Luke Hefty are the top point getters for the Whalers. The pair has 36 and 23 points respectively. Hanson has contributed 12 goals and 24 assists for the Whalers. Hanson received a call-up to NAHL back in October and has 1 point in 4 career games at that level. Hefty currently has 4 goals and 19 assists to his name within 19 games.
Between the Pipes
RiverWolves goaltender Alex Gilev is expected to start for the RiverWolves who currently holds a 4-6 record. In his first junior hockey season with the RiverWolves, he holds a save percentage of .920 and a goals against average of 3.26. Last weekend, he held the Central Division leading Milwaukee Power’s high-octane offense to 3 and 4 goals.
Kai Tomita of the Whalers will be expected to start. The Japan native holds a 4-7 record. This season he has a save percentage of .871 and a goals against average of 5.55. The last time he played was against the Power where he recorded a 9-1 loss on November 21st. He only played 40 minutes of hockey in relief for fellow netminder Caleb Sauer.
Join the RiverWolves Sunday, December 2nd for a 5:00 p.m. puck drop as they face the Coulee Region Chill. For more information visit riverwolveshockey.com.
Wausau WI- On Black Friday, the Wausau RiverWolves travel to Milwaukee to face the Milwaukee Power for the start of a home and home weekend series. Last weekend, Wausau split a two-game series with the Willmar Warhawks winning 4-2 Friday and falling in OT 3-2 Saturday night.
What to Watch For
Look for Milwaukee to spend some time in the sin bin as the Power have three of the top six players in all of the NA3HL in total penalty minutes. Milwaukee Forward Benjamin Beversdorf leads the league with 169 penalty minutes, while averaging almost nine penalty minutes per game. He will be serving a suspension Friday night along with his brother Caleb due to penalty minute accumulation. The Power lead the NA3HL as a team in total penalty minutes (669). In comparison, is not nearly as undisciplined as Milwaukee as the RiverWolves leading penalty getter Cale Bowman averages just over four penalty minutes per game.
Between the Pipes
Milwaukee is projected to start Ohio native, Aaron Dickstein. In 17 games this year, he holds a record of 14-2 with 1 shutout. His goals against average is 2.34 with a save percentage of .916.
Wausau is expected to start Alexandr Gilev. He has played in nine games so far compiling a 4-4 record. He has an average save percentage of .919 and a goals against average of 3.20.
Join the RiverWolves tomorrow night for a 5:00pm puck drop as they face the Milwaukee Power. The first 250 fans will receive a Team Poster and all fans have the opportunity to join the team for a special Post-Game Skate presented by Bone & Joint. Student tickets (age 5-18) are 50% off for this game only, so bring out the whole family. Get your Team Poster Autographed by the team following the game as well! In addition, don’t miss out on the merchandise sale as all items are 20% Saturday night only! For more information visit riverwolveshockey.com.
(Wausau, WI)- The Wausau RiverWolves are excited to announce the hiring of Tom Murphy as their new Head Coach. Murphy who originates from the greater Detroit area, had been serving as the Director of Operations and Head Instructor for The Hockey Lab since 2015. The Hockey Lab is a hockey training center that specializes on individualized on-ice skill development. His coaching experience includes Ravenwood and Centennial High Schools in Tennessee, Nashville Admirals, Nashville Flyers and Nashville Junior Predators. Coach Murphy has additional hockey experience as a junior hockey scout and private instructor.
Murphy played his high school hockey at Brighton High School, winning the state championship his senior year. Murphy was drafted in the 1st round of the NAHL Draft to the Texas Tornado now the Amarillo Bulls. Following his junior hockey career Murphy played college hockey for Central Michigan University, where he set the program record for points as a defenseman.
“First of all, I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in Nashville and in Michigan. I will continue to coach and guide all of the players that I have been involved with to whatever hockey dreams that they would like to pursue. For everyone in the Wausau RiverWolves organization, ownership, and everyone that helped to get this deal finalized, I am beyond grateful. This is an amazing opportunity for everyone involved to push this roster to the next step in their hockey careers. I am beyond excited. Bring it on,” said new Head Coach Tom Murphy.
“We are excited to have Tom join the RiverWolves. His passion for the game is evident the minute you start talking to him. In addition to his coaching and scouting experience Tom has spent the last three years developing programs aimed at improving individual skills. We think that focus on personal skill development in addition to all the normal game strategy and team preparation will really help our players get to the next level in their hockey journey. Which is what junior hockey is all about,” stated Owner/President Duncan Woodhull.
Follow Wausau RiverWolves all off-season long on social media @wausaurwolves. The RiverWolves 2018-19 season schedule will be released in the coming weeks. The RiverWolves are members of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of three 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 is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes who 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 riverwolveshockey.com.
# 14 Ron Rentner
What is your favorite place to eat in the Wausau Area?
-Buffalo Wild Wings
What is your favorite thing to do on your free time in the Wausau area?
-Working out with the guys
What’s is your favorite food?
-Steak & Potatoes
Favorite NHL team?
Favorite Hockey Movie?
What is your future ambitions for your hockey career?
– Play four years of college and then see if I can play professional hockey at any level just to continue
What do you want to do as a profession if hockey doesn’t work out?
– Aviation or Finance
Where else have you lived?
-Oregon, Wisconsin played for Central Division rival Wisconsin Whalers
What is the biggest difference between playing for the Wisconsin Whalers organization and the Wausau RiverWolves?
-Personally, for me as a player, this organization can better help me develop in the long run as a player.
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week for the week ending November 19, 2017. The divisional stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in each of the eight divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
Central Division Star of the Week: Tristan Slot, Forward, Wausau RiverWolves
The Wausau RiverWolves got their first wins in the NA3HL this past weekend and no one was a bigger catalyst for their offense than Tristan Slot. The Kaukauna, Wisconsin native scored four goals, two in each game, while tacking on five assists. Slot contributed on every single RiverWolves goal on Friday night as the club picked up their first win, a 6-0 shutout over Evansville. Slot now has 12 points on the season and was a plus-7 for the weekend.
“I am extremely elated for Tristan. He has been putting in the work on and off the ice and the hard work is paying off. He’s trusting the process and definitely deserves the recognition,” stated Head Coach Tim Brownell.
RiverWovles Goaltender Henry Baribeau also received Honorable Mention for the week. His such honor this season.
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