Port Alberni, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild played their second double overtime game in as many nights Friday, this time coming out on the winning end of a 2-1 score over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, in front of 1,068 at Weyerhaeuser Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Alberni Valley got on the board in the second period on a Nathan Dingmann goal, assisted by Josh Adkins and Garrett Halls at 2:31, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead they would carry into the third.
Wenatchee would tie the game in the third. Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) scored off a centering pass from Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY). Matt Burchill (Marshfield, MA) also assisted on the goal at 3:46, knotting the game 1-1 and forcing overtime.
After a scoreless four-on-four overtime, the teams went to a three-on-three extra session. In the second extra session, Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) found defenseman Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) alone in front of the Alberni Valley net. Milliken would settle the puck and bang it home for the winning goal at 3:31, giving the Wild the 2-1 win.
Wenatchee outshot the Bulldogs 39-28. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 27 saves for the Wild, while Chris Tai had 37 stops for Alberni Valley. Wenatchee went 0-for-5 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill. “I think Thursday night took a lot out of us with the double overtime.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I don’t think we had a lot of jump tonight. We hung in there long enough to battle to get to overtime and find a way to win in overtime. So, we’ll take the points and move on and see if we can keep collecting points on this road trip.”
With the win, the Wild improves to 7-3-1-1 on the season, remaining in a first-place tie with Langley in the Mainland Division. Alberni Valley falls to 4-7-0-0. Wenatchee concludes their road swing to the Island Division in Nanaimo on Saturday October 17th. The game will be broadcast on Newsradio 560 KPQ. After a Wednesday, October 21st game at Chilliwack, the Wild returns home to face Alberni Valley on Friday, October 23rd, and Surrey Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th. All three contests at the Town Toyota Center start at 7:05pm. Tickets are available at the door, at the Wild office, or by calling 509-888-7825 or 509-888-7274.
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