Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild parlayed a huge shot advantage in the first 40 minutes to a two-goal lead, on their way to their second consecutive 4-2 win over the Coquitlam Express, in front of 3,129 at the Town Toyota Center Saturday night.
Wenatchee would score the lone goal of the opening period, as Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) scored, assisted by Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) and August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) at 4:56, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead after one.
In the second, Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) scored at 5:01, assisted by Matt Burchill (Marshfield, MA) and Austin Chavez (Corona, CA), putting Wenatchee on top, 2-0. The Express would respond quickly. Jarell Pinchuk scored from Austin McIlmurray and Jack Surowiec at 5:24, slicing the deficit to 2-1. However, Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) scored on a shot from the blue line, assisted by Jaden Anderson (Aurora, CO) at 16:50, putting the Wild in front after two, 3-1.
In the third, Coquitlam got a goal from Keegan Jones, off assists from Jonathan Irving and Alex Ambrosio at 7:16, drawing the Express to within one, at 3-2. But, Von Ungern would score into the empty net, assisted by Aaron Murray (Chino, CA) at 19:35, giving Wenatchee the 4-2 win.
The Wild outshot Coquitlam 46-28 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 26 saves for Wenatchee, Tyger Howat had 33 saves for the Express. The Wild went 1-4 on the power play and 6 of 6 on the penalty kill. “I really like the pace that we played at tonight.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought we probably deserved to score another goal or two, but their goaltender played exceptionally well. At the end we bent but we didn’t break, we kind of let them back in the hockey game after being a little bit one-sided for two-and-a-half periods, the last ten we kind of let them back in a bit. Again, we found a way to win today. We need to take the win and move on, get our rest tomorrow and then go back to work, try to get better next week.”
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 13-5-2-1 on the season, still in sole possession of first in the Mainland Division, while Coquitlam slips to 7-10-1-2. The Wild are home next weekend, hosting Prince George on Friday, November 13th and Vernon on Saturday, November 14th 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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