Wausau RiverWolves Fall to Rochester in OT


Wausau – The Wausau RiverWolves took on the Rochester Grizzlies Saturday night at Rochester Rec Center in game two of a weekend series. Wausau was looking to split the weekend series after a 7-2 loss Friday night.

Wausau got on the scoreboard first at 8:55 of the 1st period with a goal by recently acquired Ethan Cumming. Rochester answered with a goal at 15:36 of the first by Rochester forward Garrett Smith. The Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead after a goal by Matthew DeRosa at 18:14.

Rochester extended their lead to a 3-1 advantage after a Dylan Schneider netted his 10th goal on the season at 8:59 of the 2nd period. The RiverWolves would not go down without a fight as Ethan Cumming netted his 2nd goal of the evening at 15:39 of the 2nd period. The goal was his 4th in the weekend series. Heading into the final frame Rochester held a 3-2 lead.

The third period saw plenty of back-and-forth action as Wausau looked for the equalizer. They would get it as Kaidden O”Connor scored on an assist from Ethan Cumming at 11:36 of the third period. Three periods were not enough Saturday as Wausau and Rochester played to a 3-3 tie.

In overtime forward Kasey Couture had a shot at the game-winner, but it was turned away by Grizzlies goaltender Shane Soderwall after a sprawling save. Two minutes later Dylan Schneider scored the game-winner with just over two minutes remaining in overtime. RiverWolves goaltender Caleb Sauer took the loss for Wausau after stopping 47 of 51 shot on the evening.

Your Wausau RiverWolves are back home February 5th through the 7th versus the Peoria Mustangs. Limited tickets are available via riverwovleshockey.com.

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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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]