Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild played host to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday night in game 4 of the NAHL’s Midwest Division finals and it was a goal by the Wild’s Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) that ended the contest in the opening minute of the third overtime, as Wenatchee beat the Ice Dogs 3-2, in front of 3,695 fans at the Town Toyota Center.
The Wild applied some good pressure during the first period, which ended up scoreless for the third time in the series. Wenatchee outshot the Ice Dogs 16-8.
Fairbanks got the games’ first goal just past the midway point on the second period, as Viktor Liljegren popped one home, assisted by Doug Rose and Todd Burgess at 11:26, for a 1-0 Ice Dogs lead. The Wild wasted little time tying the game up, as Andre Pison (Herlev, Denmark) fired one home, assisted by Mitch Demario (Franklin, Wisconsin) and Joseph Kaszupski (Henderson, Nevada) at 12:54, knotting the game 1-1. Wenatchee took their first lead a short while later, as Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) tipped home a Chris Jones (Normandy Park, Washington) shot from the left point. Mike Coyne (Kenmore, New York) drew the second assist at 16:51, putting the Wild up 2-1.
Fairbanks would tie in up in the third, as Brett Gervais scored from Yannick Vedel and Nick Hinz at 8:40, squaring things at 2-2. There would be no further scoring in regulation and the game would head to overtime.
In the overtime, neither team could find the back of the net and the game headed to a second overtime. Shots in the extra session were 9-9.
In overtime number two, the Wild outshot the Ice Dogs 9-5, but the game remained tied at 2-2 and the teams would head to a third overtime.
With carry over power play time, Wenatchee took advantage to win it. Tuomie fired home a sharp angle shot from the outside edge of the right wing circle to end the game. Matthew Nuttle (Marilla, New York) assisted at 21 seconds, giving the Wild the 3-2 victory. “That was something to be a part of” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “I thought both teams played exceptionally hard, it was awful nice to make a play at the end there to win a hockey game. Game Five between Wenatchee and Fairbanks, I wouldn’t expect anything less for our division title. Looking forward to getting on the ice tomorrow night and seeing how we can do. I know it’ll be a battle.”
Wenatchee outshot Fairbanks 59-44. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 42 saves for the Wild; Kevin Aldridge had 56 saves for the Ice Dogs. Wenatchee went 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.
The best-of-five series is now tied, 2-2.
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