Coquitlam, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild opened a three-game road swing Friday night, dropping a 4-1 contest to the Coquitlam Express at the Poirer Sports and Leisure Centre in Coquitlam, B.C.
Austin McIlmurray opened the scoring for the Express just 63 seconds into the contest, off assists from Colton Kerfoot and Jackson Cressey for a 1-0 Coquitlam lead. The Express would add to the lead halfway through the period, as Blake Hayward scored from Jake Brien and Owen Stout at 9:56, giving Coquitlam a 2-0 lead after one.
In the second, Kerfoot would score a power play goal from Taylor Green and Jarell Pinchuk at 7:44, putting the Express on top 3-0 after two.
In the third, Wenatchee would finally get on the board, as Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) sent home a shot from the high slot. Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) and Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) assisted on the goal at 2:55, drawing the Wild within two, at 3-1. However, a Pinchuk goal for Coquitlam from Kerfoot and Cressey at 14:22 ended the scoring for the night, as the Express would skate to the 4-1 win.
Wenatchee outshot Coquitlam 38-24 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 20 saves for the Wild, Lawson Fenton 37 for the Express. Wenatchee went 0-6 on the power play and 1 of 2 on the penalty kill. “That was a tough one.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “They started out a little hungrier than we were maybe the first 10-12 minutes of the first period. After that I thought we had the better of the chances but the story of the night, they were hungrier on the second and third chances than we were and the hungry team wins.”
With the win, Coquitlam improves to 10-10-1-3 on the season, the Wild slip to 14-6-2-2 on the season, three points behind first-place Chilliwack in the Mainland Division. Wenatchee continues their road swing in Chilliwack on Saturday, November 21st and then Surrey on Sunday, November 22nd. The Wild return home to face West Kelowna on Thursday, November 26th and Trail on Friday, November 27th.
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