Northwood Shuts Down Woodbridge to Stay in Playoff Contention

Michael Bellas (pictured above) was unstoppable on Wednesday, scoring 11 points (7g, 4a) to lead Northwood over Woodbridge by a 14-4 score. The win keeps the Timberwolves in contention for the Pacific Coast League championship and a berth in the post-season playoffs. Northwood has a league record of 7-1, Beckman is 8-0 in league. They play each other in their respective season finales next Thursday. If Northwood ends up in a tie for first with Beckman, depending on the leagues tie-break rules, they could end up with an automatic playoff bid. Stay tuned.

As impressive as Bellas’ performance was, the team defense was equally impressive, playing on game-long shut down mode. The T-Wolves allowed only four goals and nine shots on net. Andrew Bauer was a one-man wrecking crew winning 7/10 faceoffs, recovering eight groundballs, and causing four turnovers. Current Student Athlete of the Week Raiden Huang recovered six ground balls and caused two turnovers. Karel Weinsz picked up five ground balls and won 3 of 7 faceoffs.

Ben Langdon (3g, 1a), Vincent Li (2g), Jason Venezia (1g, 1a) and Laith Alsayed (1g) also tallied for the Timberwolves. Rowan MacLeod had five saves between the pipes.

Next up: Northwood finishes up with Sage Hill on Monday and Beckman on Thursday. Woodbridge plays Esperanza on Friday and will continue their schedule into May.