Prince George, B.C. – The Wenatchee Wild came up short in their quest for a fourth straight win, losing to the Prince George Spruce Kings 3-2 Friday night, in front of 1,119 at the Prince George Coliseum.
Prince George would score the lone goal of the opening period, as Bryan Basilico scored from Matthew Stief and Adam Brubacher at 18:07, giving the Spruce Kings a 1-0 lead after one.
In the second, the Wild tied it on a Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) goal. Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) and Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) assisted at 2:22, squaring the game at 1-1. However, Prince George would regain the lead just 58 seconds later, as Adam Brubacher scored from Connor Logan and Parker Colley at 3:20, putting the Spruce Kings back on top after two, 2-1.
It would remain a one-goal game until past the midway point of the third period, when Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) scored for Wenatchee on a mad scramble at the right post. Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) drew the lone assist at 11:56, tying the game 2-2. Prince George would regain the lead 3 ½ minutes later, as Dante Raposo scored from Stief at 15:35. The Spruce Kings would hold that lead the rest of the way, skating away with the 3-2 win.
The Wild outshot Prince George 29-17 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 14 saves for Wenatchee, Sam Tanguay had 22 saves for the Spruce Kings. The Wild was 0-for-0 on the power play and 0-of-0 on the penalty kill, as there were no penalties called in the entire game. “We need to find a way to bury our better chances.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “We definitely out-chanced them, had the much better of the chances, but our best chances, we’re not finding a way to score.”
With the loss, the Wild slips to 11-5-2-1 on the season, still in sole possession of first in the Mainland Division, while the Spruce Kings improve to 5-12-0-1. Wenatchee returns home to face Coquitlam on Friday and Saturday, November 6th and 7th at the Town Toyota Center starting at 7:05pm PST both nights. Tickets are available at the door, at the Wild office, or by calling 509-888-7825 or 509-888-7274.
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