Chilliwack, British Columbia. – The Wenatchee Wild struggled a bit early, but got better as the night wore on, skating to a 4-0 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
The Wild scored once in the opening period, as Josh Bell sent a pass out of the left wing corner past the goaltenders’ stick for a power play goal, assisted by Joe Drabin and Dakota Raabe, giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead after one.
The Wild stretched the lead on a Hunter Alden second period goal at the end of a 2-on-1, with Dan Nachbaur and Tyler Rockwell assisting for a 2-0 advantage through 40 minutes.
Wenatchee would light the lamp twice in the third. Bryan Yoon finished off a nice back door play from the right side, assisted by Troy Conzo and Mike Coyne, then August Von Ungern-Sternberg stuffed an unassisted goal into an empty net, giving the Wild the 4-0 win.
Chilliwack outshot Wenatchee 35-31. Chase Perry was strong once again in goal for the Wild, stopping all 35 shots he faced, for his second shutout in as many nights.
Despite the early struggles, Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler was happy with his team’s performance. “I thought the first ten minutes, they really took it to us.” said Littler. “Then I think we realized that we’re going to have to skate and play with a little more courage. And once we did that, I was pretty proud of how we played.” Littler continued, saying “I thought we made a lot of plays. I think Chilliwack’s a good hockey club. They’re big and they’re strong, I was pretty happy with how we played. Chase Perry was outstanding in goal when he had to be. We’ll see how we respond tomorrow.”
The Wild will close out preseason play on Saturday night at Surrey against the Eagles, in a 7:00pm PDT start. The regular season opening weekend is next Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th, as Wenatchee travels to Prince George to take on the Spruce Kings, with face off both nights set for 7:00pm PDT. The Wild play their home opener October 10th at the Town Toyota Center against Coquitlam, beginning at 7:05pm PDT. Tickets are available at the box office, or by calling the Wild at 509-888-7825.
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