Prince George, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild scored four first period goals and goaltender Chase Perry (Andover, MN) stopped every shot he faced, as the Wenatchee Wild blanked the Prince George Spruce Kings 8-0 Saturday night at the Prince George Coliseum.
Wenatchee opened the scoring on a Jeff Makowski (St. Louis, MO) goal 5:35 into the contest, assisted by Hunter Alden (Walla Walla, WA), giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. They would expand the lead on a power play goal by Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY), assisted by August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) at 6:25, making the Wenatchee lead 2-0. Then, at 8:12, Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) scored from Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) and Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB), increasing the lead to 3-0. The Wild would add a goal late in the period, as Kyle Stephan (Berry, ON) scored, with Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) and Matt Burchill (Marshfield, MA) drawing assists at 19:32, giving Wenatchee a 4-0 lead after one.
In the second period, the Wild would add a pair of markers. Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) scored from Milliken and Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) at 4:55 to up the lead to 5-0. Then, at 19:59, Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) scored, with assists going to Stephan and Raabe. The power play goal gave Wenatchee a 6-0 lead through 40 minutes.
In the third, the Wild would score twice more. Raabe scored on the power play from Stephan and Milliken at 11:57, then, at 17:36, Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) scored from Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) and Puricelli and Wenatchee would skate out the remainder of the period, on their way to an 8-0 victory.
The Wild outshot Prince George 41-23 on the night. Perry was sharp again for the second straight night, stopping all 23 shots he faced for his first BCHL shutout. Liam McCloskey and Alex Brooks-Potts combined to make 33 saves for the Spruce Kings. Wenatchee was solid on special teams, going 4-for-7 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill. “Overall for tonight, there wasn’t much not to like.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought we set the pace pretty quick, that we’re going to get up and down the ice, made some plays. It’s always nice to play with the lead. Again, we made a few mistakes and Chase Perry made a couple of big saves and allowed us to expand the lead. Overall, we had scoring out of all four lines, out of our defensemen, the power play chipped in with four, we don’t give up any on the penalty kill, generally makes for a good night. Overall, I think we’ve got to be pleased with our first weekend.”
With the win, the Wild improve to 2-0 on the season, while Prince George falls to 0-2. Wenatchee will next play at Langley against the Rivermen on Sunday, September 20th, with faceoff set for 3:00pm PDT. They will host the Coquitlam Express in the team’s home opener on Saturday, October 10th, with faceoff at the Town Toyota Center set for 7:05pm PDT. Tickets are available at the Wild office, or by calling 509-888-7825.
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