Wausau – The Wausau RiverWolves (2-8-0-0) took on the Rochester Grizzlies (13-2-0-0) Friday night from Marathon Park Ice Arena in Wausau. Wausau was looking to finish their final home game in 2020 with a bang versus the first-place Grizzlies.
Tonight’s contest started quickly as the Grizzlies scored their first goal thirty-seven seconds into the first period. The goal was scored by forward Matthew DeRosa with an assist from Peyton Hart. The teams played aggressively on the ice until Garret Smith of the Rochester Grizzlies scored their second goal of the night at the 8:32 mark with an assist from defenseman Tommy Gordon. As first period came to and end Wausau trailed 2-0.
As the second period got underway, Rochester quickly scored with forward Alex Villa and an assist from defenseman Yotaro Nakadate. With ten minutes remaining in the second period, the RiverWolves scored their first goal of the night thanks to former D.C. Everest defenseman JJ Berdal. The goal was assisted by Nolan Gifford and Dale Rodriguez. This was Berdal’s second goal of the regular season. With lots of back-and-forth action happening on the ice during the second period, the Grizzlies scored their fourth goal of the night at the 8:49 mark by Peyton Hart and an assist from Matthew DeRosa.
Wausau scored quickly and with ease at the beginning of the third period with a goal by Max Beste, which was assisted byJJ Berdal. This was Beste’s fourth goal in just his 11th game this season. Later in the third period, Peyton Hart from Rochester scored his second goal of the evening, which provided the final tally of a 5-2 Grizzlies win.
Your Wausau RiverWolves are back home on Saturday, January 2nd as the puck drops at 7:10 pm from the Marathon Park Ice Arena versus Rochester. Tickets will go on sale December 28th at 10am via riverwolveshockey.com. Seating is limited.
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.
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