The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings hockey club punched their ticket to the USPHL National Tournament in Boston by defeating the Minnesota Blue Ox Friday night by a score of 4-0. Thursday night saw the Riverkings win a 2-1 contest, and Friday in front of 617 fans at the South Wood County Recreation Center, the Riverkings completed the sweep.
Al Mcphee opened the scoring for the Riverkings in the 1st period scoring 9:16 into the game with Dylan Nurse and Tom Mcmanus grabbing the assists. Just a few minutes laters goaltender Erik Schuette turned away a breakaway attempt from the Blue Ox and the Riverkings transitioned the other way. Matyas Kacirek buried the shot to put the Riverkings up 2-0 with Schuette picking up the assist. With a little under two minutes left in the 1st period it was Brooks Hatfield making it 3-0 as Kacirek and Ryan Mantz picked up the assists.
The 2nd period was a scoreless one as Schuette turned away 12 Blue Ox attempts. In the 3rd period Adam Peterson iced the game with an empty net goal with Raymond Fleming picking up the lone assist. Schuette turned aside 36 shots picking up his second shut-out of the playoffs. The Riverkings penalty-kill was perfect on the night killing all four Blue Ox attempts.
By defeating the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers in the 1st round, and the Minnesota Blue Ox in the 2nd round the Riverkings advance to Boston and the USPHL National Tournament for the second consecutive season. The tournament runs March 7-10th and all Riverking games can be seen on www.fasthockey.com as they continue their quest to becoming USPHL National Champions.
The Riverkings games will also be broadcast at Hoozels, on HWY 54, the old Bull Dogs. You can get all your Riverkings playoff schedule and updates at www.usphl.com under premier division playoff Info.
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Over the past few weeks the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings Jr. A hockey club has been giving back to the Rapids community not only with their annual "Toy for Tots" home game that provided needy families and kids with Christmas gifts, but also volunteering their free time and becoming Salvation Army Bell Ringers for the holiday season.
Riverkings players and staff each volunteered and could be spotted around the Rapids community in places like Walmart, Shopko, and Walgreens. The Salvation Army red kettle campaign raises give or take about $30 per hour per each location which is enough to provide a family with groceries or shelter for the night.
The Riverkings are all about giving back to a community that has supported them over the past few seasons. Without the support of the community, the Riverkings would not be where they are now, so any chance the team has to give back, the coaching staff makes sure that the boys do. GM/Head Coach Marty Quarters stated “the culture of the Riverkings is to give more then you receive and the holiday season is the time of year to volunteer and help those less fortunate”.