Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chiefs Edge Wild
















Wenatchee, WA. – A late goal proved to be the difference Saturday night in a game that had everything for the 3,233 fans in attendance, as the Chilliwack Chiefs held on to first place in the Mainland Division with a 3-2 win over the Wenatchee Wild at the Town Toyota Center.

Chilliwack led 1-0 after one, thanks to an unassisted goal by Connor McCarthy at 5:50 that put the Chiefs in the lead.

In the second, Chilliwack would stretch the lead on a goal by Darien Craighead, assisted by Jordan Kawaguchi at 2:43, giving the visitors a 2-0 advantage. The Wild  would slice in half about 9 minutes later, as Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) took a stretch pass from Konsta Jaske (Samammish, WA) and slipped home a goal in tight to finish off a breakaway. Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) drew the second assist on the goal coming at 11:42, cutting the Chiefs lead to 2-1.

In the third, Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) fired home a wrister from the right circle, bringing Wenatchee into a 2-2 tie. Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) and Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) assisted, squaring the game and setting the stage for a big finish. Unfortunately for the Wild, it wasn’t the finish they hoped for. Kohen Olischefski scored on a sharp angle shot from the right side at 19:04, assisted by Kawaguchi and Craighead and Chilliwack would hold on for the 3-2 win.

Wenatchee outshot the Chiefs 37-22 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 19 saves for the Wild, while Aiden Pelino had 35 saves for Chilliwack. Wenatchee went 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill. “You never like to lose a game like that,” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “but I thought both teams played very hard. I thought second and third period we were much better than we were in the first but I think we found a rival. It definitely appears we found a rival. Both teams played exceptionally hard.”

With the loss, the Wild slips to 21-10-3-2 on the season, the Chiefs are now 23-7-1-3. Wenatchee hosts Chilliwack at the Town Toyota Center to start the 2016 portion of their schedule on Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd, 7:05pm both nights.


Battle For The Border

3 comments:

Al said...

Friday was a fun game to watch,few penalties, fast skating good passing NO fights. It seems to me that two Canadian teams start fighting when they are loosing. The coach must condone this and the officials do not control it. Not fun to watch.

Al said...

Friday was a fun game to watch,few penalties, fast skating good passing NO fights. It seems to me that two Canadian teams start fighting when they are loosing. The coach must condone this and the officials do not control it. Not fun to watch.

Bob said...

Just two ? You haven't seen everyone yet then lol


seriously the league is vastly improved. It still will be a while before the rest of the fighting fades. Too many coaches still old school or Nutz. I'm not sure which.

When I have seen the Wild play the games are fast and clean and physical and very entertaining.

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