Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild controlled the game from start to finish, beating the Surrey Eagles 8-0 Sunday night in front of 2,254 at the Town Toyota Center.
Wenatchee would score three times in the first. Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) scored at 4:33, assisted by Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON), giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) added to the lead with a shorthanded goal, assisted by August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) at 11:02, making it a 2-0 game. Then, at 17:39, Josh Bell (St. Louis, MO) scored from Matt Burchill (Marshfield, MA), giving the Wild a 3-0 lead after one.
Wenatchee would add three more in the second. Baker scored a power play goal from Drabin and Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) at 41 seconds for a 4-0 lead. Alex Bates lit the lamp at 9:55, assisted by Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) and Christensen, increasing the lead to 5-0. Then, at 10:16, Drabin scored from Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) and Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA), putting the Wild up 6-0 after two.
In the third, Wenatchee would put the game away with a pair of power play goals in the third. Raabe scored from Coyne and Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) at 6:26, then Drabin rounded out his hat trick with a goal assisted by Christensen and Harris at 17:01 and the Wild would go on to win it, 8-0.
Wenatchee outshot Surrey 51-19 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 19 saves for the Wild for his first career BCHL shutout, while Daniel Davidson and Jason Sandhu combined to make 43 saves for the Eagles. Wenatchee was 3-for-6 on the power play and 4-of-4 with a shorthanded goal for on the penalty kill. “All the way around, there’s not much not to like with the effort tonight.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “All four lines, six D, Nieto, everyone played well. On the weekend, we got 5 of 6 again, progress. Taking steps in the right direction. A long way to go but we’re definitely seeing progress.”
With the win, the Wild improves to 10-4-2-1 on the season, sitting in sole possession of first in the Mainland Division. The Eagles are now 4-12-0-0. Wenatchee plays at Prince George on Thursday and Friday, October 29th and 30th, then returns home to face Coquitlam on Friday and Saturday, November 6th and 7th at the Town Toyota Center starting at 7:05pm PST. Tickets are available at the door, at the Wild office, or by calling 509-888-7825 or 509-888-7274.
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