Chilliwack, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild rebounded from Friday’s loss with an impressive 3-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday night, in front of 2,932 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
The Wild’s Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) opened the scoring by tucking home a backhander in tight. Alex Bates (Highlands Ranch, CO) assisted at 9:53, giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs would respond not quite three minutes later with a Darien Craighead goal, assisted by Austin Adam and Kohen Olischefski. The goal, at 12:38, tied the game 1-1 after one.
In the second, Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) scored from August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) at 4:33, putting the Wild back on top 2-1. However, Chilliwack would get the equalizer off the stick of Jake Smith at 10:24. Jeremy Germain assisted, squaring things at 2-2 through two.
In the third, Harris would force a turnover and then got the puck to Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON), who ripped home the go-ahead goal. The marker, coming at 15:41, would make the difference, as Wenatchee would go on to the 3-2 win.
The Wild outshot the Chiefs 24-23 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 21 saves for Wenatchee, Aidan Pelino 21 for Chilliwack. The Wild went 0-1 on the power play and 2 of 2 on the penalty kill. “That may have been the most up-and-down, fast paced, hard hitting game that we’ve played all year.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Resembled a track meet at times but I thought both teams played exceptionally well. Both goalies played very well, there wasn’t a lot not to like.”
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 15-6-2-2 on the season, the Chiefs slip to 16-6-1-2 on the season. The Wild concludes their road swing in 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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