Chilliwack, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild scored twice in the third period Sunday, breaking a 1-1 tie after two, on their way to a 3-1 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters in their second game in the Bauer BCHL Showcase at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Wenatchee scored first on a Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) goal, assisted by Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) at 9:06 of the opening period, for a 1-0 Wild lead after one.
Trail would tie the game in the second on a goal by Nick Halloran. Cole Arcuri assisted at 8:39 and the game was tied 1-1 through 40 minutes.
In the third, Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) scored on a wrap-around at 12:04. The unassisted goal put Wenatchee up 2-1. Then Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) would finish off the scoring with an empty net goal assisted by Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) at 19:31, giving the Wild the 3-1 win.
Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 30 saves for Wenatchee, including several key stops in the third period. Bailey Mac Burnie had 22 stops for the Smoke Eaters. The Wild was 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill. “Overall, it was a good weekend for us.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought we played very good yesterday and we had some adversity today. They’re (Trail) the first team that stacked three up, kept us from getting many odd-man rushes. It was really the first time we saw someone do that to us this year. Ewe didn’t necessarily respond to it as well as we would have liked. They made it difficult. I thought Trail played very well, more of a tight checking game than we’ve been used to. Overall, we’re happy we found a way to win. When we struggled, Chase Perry was there to shut the door.”
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 5-0-0-0 on the season, while Trail falls to 2-3-0-0. The Wild travels 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 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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