Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild got back on the winning track Friday, coming from behind to defeat the Coquitlam Express 4-2, in front of 2,712 at the Town Toyota Center.
Wenatchee would score the lone goal of the opening period, as Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) slipped one home from the slot, assisted by Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) and Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) at 13:50, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead after one.
In the second, Coquitlam would score twice to take the lead. Austin McIlmurray scored from Luca Leone and Colton Kerfoot at 4:20, then Kerfoot scored on the power play from Charlie Barrow at 8:05, putting the Express up 2-1. However, Wenatchee would bounce back with a pair of their own. Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) slid home a backhander in tight, assisted by Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) and Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) at 11:47, tying the game 2-2. Then, not quite two minutes later, a Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) shot creeped across the goal line for the go ahead marker. The assist went to Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) at 13:45, giving the Wild a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Early in the third, Wenatchee would up the lead to two, as Aaron Murray (Chino, CA) came off the bench on a change and ripped a sweep shot into the goal from above the left wing circle. The assists went to Harris and Drabin just 1:49 into the period. The Wild would hold on from there for the 4-2 win.
Wenatchee outshot Coquitlam 37-27 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 25 saves for the Wild, Lawson Fenton had 33 saves for Coquitlam. Wenatchee was 0-for-6 on the power play and 1 of 2 on the penalty kill. “I thought it was a pretty good hockey game.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought both teams competed pretty hard. I thought we got better as the game went on. I think teams are having a plan to try to clog up the sides a little bit and so we need to go a little more side to side or low to high. ”
With the win, the Wild improves to 12-5-2-1 on the season, still in sole possession of first in the Mainland Division, while the Express slips to 7-9-1-2. Wenatchee hosts Coquitlam again Saturday night, November 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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