The first period started off very fast and physical and finished fast and physical right until the end of the period. The scoring started when River Beattie showed some good patience down low and out waited Franks to make it 1-0 Northeast. Just about 3 minutes later, Matt Differenz jammed one past Klassen to make it a 1-1 after the first. Several hard hits both ways. One of the biggest came from Brad Makofka on Northeast's Jordan Boulton, which sent Boulton to the ice. Reid Bosse, River Beattie and Andrew Koep were very strong for Northeast in the first period. For Central, Matt Fonteyne showed good speed and goalie Carson Franks made some tremendous saves and has a quick glove hand. We may have overlooked him in our draft rankings. Looks like he could be a draft pick.
Shots on goal: Northeast 9 - Central 7
The clean, defensive hockey continues in the 2nd period as not a single penalty was called. The lone goal came on a nice individual effort by Van Tetering as he walked around a Northeast defenseman, I believe it was Reagan or Guhle, out-waited Klassen and tucked it in for a 2-1 Central lead. The lead can be accredited in large part to the play of Carson Franks in the Central goal. He has been steady, composed and has shown a very quick glove hand. Not too many odd many rushes and when there have been chances, the defense on both sides have been quick to get back and disrupt the play. Jordan Boulton from Northeast has been very steady and plays a strong defensive game. He won't wow you with his offensive skill but steady as they come in his own end. Big forward, Robbie Fulton has also been very effective so far for Northeast.
shots on goal after 2: Northeast 22 - Central 14
The third period saw a bit more of a wide open style with several 2 on 1's and more speed through the neutral zone. Team Central dominated play early and created multiple PP's but it is was Northeast tieing it up on a lucky one on a shot from Berube that deflected off of a Central skate and through the 5 -hole on goalie Franks to tie it up at 2-2. The rest of the period would see some odd man chances, mostly for team central and Greenwood and Fonteyne were able to utilize their speed on multiple occasions. Reid Bosse had a strong period for Northeast.
Players of the game awarded in the building
Central - Carson Franks
Northeast - Grayson Pawlenchuk
WEHP 3 Stars
1. Carson Franks
2. Jordan Boulton
3. River Beattie