Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild were able to come back from an early first period deficit Friday night to edge the Prince George Spruce Kings 2-1, in front of 3,044 at the Town Toyota Center.
Prince George would score the lone goal of the opening period, as Jake LeBrun scored a power play goal, assisted by Matthew Stief and Cavin Tilsley just 2:48 in, giving the Spruce Kings a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Wenatchee would strike twice. Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) scored on the power play, sliding home a shot from in close. Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) assisted at 11:00, tying the game 1-1. Then, in the final minute of the period, a Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) shot from the left point found its way through a screen and into the goal at 19:26. Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) and Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) drew the assists, putting the Wild up 2-1 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Wenatchee put up a solid defensive effort and rode that to the 2-1 win.
The Wild outshot Prince George 27-19 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 18 saves for Wenatchee, Sam Tanguay had 25 saves for the Spruce Kings. The Wild went 1-6 on the power play and 3 of 4 on the penalty kill. “Overall, you never want to get behind the eight-ball like we did three minutes in, where you’re down 1-0.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “It came from an offensive zone penalty that put us shorthanded. You make a pass and a shot, I don’t think our goalie had a chance. But other than that, we didn’t really give up any quality chances. I know Chase had the one really big save under five minutes to go. Other than that, I thought we competed pretty hard the second and third periods. It was a pretty good hockey game.”
With the win, the Wild improves to 14-5-2-1 on the season, tied with Chilliwack for first in the Mainland Division, while Prince George slips to 5-15-0-2. Wenatchee is home Saturday night, hosting the Vernon Vipers 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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