Chilliwack, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild overcame an early second period deficit, then withstood a late Vernon charge, for a 3-2 win over the Vipers Saturday afternoon, taking their opening game in the Bauer BCHL Showcase at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Despite a 13-2 shots advantage in the opening period for the Wild, the game remained scoreless through the first twenty minutes.
Vernon opened the scoring in the second on a Steven Jandric goal, assisted by Liam Finlay and Odeen Tufto just 46 seconds into the frame, putting Wenatchee on the short end of a 1-0 deficit. However, the Wild would then strike three times, to grab a two-goal lead. Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) scored from Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) and Alex Bates (Highlands Ranch, CO) at 13:42, tying the game 1-1. Wenatchee would grab the lead just 47 seconds later on a Hunter Alden (Walla Walla, WA) goal, assisted by Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) at 14:29, putting the Wild on top for good, at 2-1. They would lengthen the lead late in the period as a Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) point shot found an opening and then the back of the net at 18:43. Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) assisted, putting Wenatchee up 3-1 after two periods.
In the third, the Wild tilted the ice in their favor, but weren’t able to light the lamp. The Vipers did get a late goal by Jimmy Lambert off assists by Bo Pellah and Mitchell Oliver at 18:42, but Wenatchee shut the door on Vernon from there, taking the game by a 3-2 margin.
Chase Perry (Andover MN) stopped 19 shots for the Wild, while Jarrod Schamerhorn made 36 saves for the Vipers, as Wenatchee piled up a 36-19 edge in shots on the game. The Wild went 1-for-8 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 4-0-0-0 on the season, while Vernon falls to 2-3-0-1. The Wild conclude Showcase play on Sunday, with a 4:00pm PDT matchup with the Trail Smoke Eaters. They travel to Salmon Arm on Friday, October 2nd, West Kelowna on Saturday, October 3rd, then Langley on Friday, October 9th, before playing their home opener against the Coquitlam Express 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.