Wolf Pack vs Whalers: Round 1, Game 3 Preview
Tonight at the Harry Jerome Rec Centre the North Vancouver Wolf Pack (1-1) look to conclude their weekend with another victory over the White Rock Whalers (1-1). The Wolf Pack won 3-2 last night. Game 3 is set for 6:00 p.m.
WHITE ROCK WHALERS
Head Coach: Jason Rogers
Road Record: 0-1
Goals For/ Goals Against: 9 GF/ 4 GA +5
Power Play: 1/6 (16.67%)
Penalty Kill: 6/6 (100%)
Leading Scorers: Zachary Sherwin (1GP-1G-4A, 5P), Jacob Dorohoy (1GP-1G-3A-4P), seven players tied for third (2P)
IN IT TO ‘WIN’ IT
Zachary Sherwin, a 2001-born forward continues to produce at a remarkably consistent rate for the Whalers. Sherwin has produced at least two points in each of the last two playoff games, and during that span, he’s notched a total of one goal and four assists for five points. Despite only suiting up in 13 games for the Whalers during the regular season Sherwin was still able to pick up 13 points. In one game against the Wolf Pack during the regular season Sherwin picked up an assist. Regular-season success has certainly continued into the Playoffs for Zachary Sherwin.
One of the main bright spots last night for the Whalers, and much of the Playoffs, has been 2003-born forward Hezekiah Mbaja. The 6’2” forward recorded two assists on Tuesday night and has two points in two playoff games. Mbaja bagged five goals and snagged four assists during the regular season for a total of nine points in 23 games. Mbaja is currently tied for third for team scoring and is a player who provides positive and strong energy to any game that he plays in.
NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK
Head Coach: Matt Samson
Home Record: 1-0
Goals For/ Goals Against: 4 GF / 9GA -5
Power Play: 0/6
Penalty Kill: 5/6 (83.3%)
Ryan Hunter (2GP-1G-2A-3P), Ben Thornley-Hall (2GP-0G-2A-2P), six players tied for third (1P)
THE ‘HUNT’ CONTINUES
With a breakout performance last night, Ryan Hunter scored his first goal of the Playoffs and picked up two assists to finish the night with three points. Hunter’s three points have him leading his team in points after two games. Hunter came into the Playoffs with 15 goals and 35 assists for 50 points in 44 games. Hunter was the only player on his team to suit up in all 44 games. 3 of his 50 points came against the Whalers (1G, 2A). Another dominant performance by Hunter will give his team another great opportunity to win tonight.
THE ‘ITALIAN STALLION’
Sebastiano Biagi is the Italian Stallion for a reason. One of two players who make Italy proud on the Wolf Pack is the 6’3” right-handed defenceman. Biagi opened the scoring for his team last night and came into the playoffs with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 40 games. The North Vancouver product had one goal and three assists in five meetings against the Whalers during the regular season. Bravo Biagi!
- Nine different players have scored for the White Rock Whalers over the past two games
- With two assists in Game 2 and two assists in Game 1 Zachary Sherwin leads his team in assists (4) and points (5)
- Ryan Hunter (1G-2A) recorded the most points of any player in last night’s game and now leads his team in points (3)
- Last time the Wolf Pack played the Whalers in the playoffs it was White Rock who won Game 1. North Van responded with four consecutive victories and would go on to defeat the Whalers in five games.
Round 1 Playoffs Schedule:
GAME 1: Tuesday, February 15 @ 7:45
GAME2: Saturday, February 19 @ 7:00
GAME 3: Sunday, February 20 @ 7:00
GAME 4: Tuesday, February 22 @ 7:45
GAME 5: TBD
GAME 6*: TBD
GAME 7*: TBD
* IF NECESSARY