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WAUSAU — The Wausau RiverWolves will travel to Blaine, Minnesota, for the ninth annual North American 3 Hockey League Showcase set to take place Dec. 16 through Dec. 18.

The RiverWolves face a crucial point in their season with four games in five days. Coming into the team’s Dec. 14 game against Peoria, the RiverWolves are in sixth in the Central Division with an 8-13-1 record (17 points), according to a RiverWolves news release. The team sits three points behind Wisconsin and five points out of the final playoff spot, currently held by Coulee Region.

All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the league talent. NAHL Central Scouting also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.

Wausau will take on the Gillette Wild, Long Beach Sharks and Breezy North Point Stars over the three days. They face the Wild on Dec. 16, with puck drop scheduled for 3:30 pm. The puck will drop at noon on Dec. 17 against Long Beach and the RiverWolves will conclude their showcase games with a match-up versus Breezy Point at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18. All games can be viewed live on HockeyTV.

About Gillette Wild

The Wild are fourth in the Frontier Division with a record of 11-10-2, according to the news release. Gillette is led by Coleman Varty who has 17 goals and 27 assists which averages 1.83 points per game. Cody Grogan is the Wild’s starting goaltender. He holds a record of 7-3-0, and has a goals against average of 3.10 and a save percentage of .913.

About Long Beach Sharks

The Long Beach Sharks hold a 10-12-2 record, putting the team in fourth in the division. Cade Lambdin is the top point-getter for the Sharks, with 17 goals and 17 assists for the season. He averages 1.62 points per game. The Sharks have evenly split time in net this season. Tendy Ryan Cortez is 5-5-1 with a save percentage of .887 in 12 games. Meanwhile, goaltender Darren Nathan is 4-6-1 with a save percentage of .877 in 12 games.

About Breezy Point North Stars

The North Stars are sixth in the West Division with a 4-19-2 record. Carson Simon is the top point-getter for Breezy Point, with 22 points on the season. The North Stars have had a revolving door in net this season. Expect Jacob Maclennan to start for Breezy Point. The former NAHL goalie started the two most recent games in December. He allowed seven goals in two games against perennial West Division power in the Granite City Lumberjacks.

The Dec. 14 game

Join the RiverWolves Dec. 14 as the team faces the Peoria Mustangs at Marathon Park Ice Arena. The first 250 fans will receive a RiverWolves Hat. For tickets visit riverwolveshockey.com.