Langley, British Columbia. – The Wenatchee Wild scored late goals in both the second and third periods Sunday afternoon, propelling themselves to a 5-3 win over the Langley Rivermen, in front of 1,092 fans at the Langley Events Centre.
The Wild scored three times in the opening period. Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) scored an unassisted goal on a shot from the high slot at 2:15, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. Langley would tie the game on the first of Justin Fregona’s three goals on the night. Matthew Graham assisted at 7:20 on the power play goal that tied the game 1-1. Wenatchee would regain the lead on a Josh Bell (St. Louis, MO) goal, assisted by Konsta Jaske (Samammish, WA) at 13:51, putting the Wild back on top at 2-1. Then, at 16:46, Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) scored a power play goal from Kyle Stephan (Berry, ON) and Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO), putting Wenatchee on top 3-1 after one.
In the second period, Fregona would score twice to tie it. The first, assisted by Graham came at 4:46, the second, unassisted at 15:44, knotted the game 3-3. The Wild would regain the lead late in the middle frame as Stephan scored from Coyne at 17:58, putting Wenatchee back on top at 4-3.
In the third, the game stayed at the one-goal margin until the Wild would put it away on an August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) goal, off a turnover at the blue line. The unassisted marker, coming at 19:19, wrapped up the game for Wenatchee, who skated out the last 41 seconds, winning the game 5-3.
The Wild outshot the Rivermen 35-20 on the day. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 17 saves for Wenatchee, while Bo Didur and Nikolas Trenciansky combined for 30 saves. The Wild were 1-for-6 on the power play and 3-of-5 on the penalty kill. “We had some adversity on the way up,” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler, “I’m proud of getting off the bus as late as we did; we found a way to win a hockey game when we didn’t have out ‘A’ game. We found a way to score. You score five goals, that’s usually going to be enough to win. The mistakes that we had, we’ll go back and watch the video; we’ll take care of those next week. We’re going to be happy with the win today; we’ll make the adjustments next week.”
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 3-0-0, while Langley slips to 2-1-1. Next up for the Wild is the BCHL showcase at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre, next Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th. On Saturday, Wenatchee takes on the Vernon Vipers, with faceoff set for 3:30pm on Newsradio 560 KPQ. Then, on Sunday, Wenatchee meets the Trail Smoke Eaters, beginning at 4:00pm on 97.7FM KYSN. The Wild opens their home schedule on Saturday, October 10th, when they face the Coquitlam Express at the Town Toyota Center. Tickets are available through the Wild office, or by calling 509-888-7825.
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