The game between the Wisconsin Whalers and the West Michigan Wolves was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Wisconsin emerged with a 5-3 win.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Dan Addie\’s goal in the second period proved to be the difference maker.
The Whalers were led by Addie, who registered one goal. Addie scored on the power play 12:13 into the second period to make the score 4-3 Wisconsin. Wisconsin had taken the advantage when West Michigan\’s Kyle Keeder got sent off for interference. Alex Anderson assisted on the tally.
The Whalers put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Wolves to score on any of their three power plays. Wisconsin forced West Michigan goalie Chase Stanford to work between the pipes, taking 49 shots.
Wisconsin additionally got points from Joe Perrelle, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Anderson, who also registered one goal and one assist, and Peter Henderson, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Kaleb Morley also scored for Wisconsin. Other players who recorded assists for Wisconsin were Connor Morgan, who had one and Adam Alcott and Adam Schoenfeld, who contributed two each.
The Wolves were helped by Devin Farkas, who had one goal. Farkas scored 39 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 West Michigan. Mike Difranco provided the assist. West Michigan also got points from Difranco, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. West Michigan also got a goal from Josh Somers as well. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Isaiah Crawford, Steven Rhodes, Michael Tratar, Matt Shultz, and Ian Rolfsen, who each chipped in one.
David Volkmann made 27 saves for the Whalers on 30 shots. Wisconsin incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Stanford recorded 44 saves for West Michigan. The Wolves ended with 21 minutes in penalty time with eight minors and one major.