Coquitlam, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild were out on the road again Wednesday night and came from behind after one to beat the Coquitlam Express 6-3, at Poirer Sports and Leisure Centre in Coquitlam.
Wenatchee would take the lead on an Austin Chavez (Corona, CA) roofed a backhander off a steal for an unassisted goal, scored at 5:36, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. Coquitlam would then score twice to take the lead. Matt Michie scored from Tayler Green and Lawson Fenton at 14:34, then Jackson Cressey scored an unassisted goal at 18:48, putting the Express up 2-1 after one.
A Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) point shot, off a feed from Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) found its way home 25 seconds into the second period, tying the game 2-2. Coquitlam would regain the lead on a Colton Kerfoot goal, assisted by Cressey and Jarrell Pinchuk at 4:22, putting the Express up 3-2. Wenatchee would then take control of the game. Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) scored from Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) and Chase Perry (Andover, MN) at 7:18, tying the game 3-3. Then, Combs would score what proved to be the game-winner at 17:17, assisted by Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) at 17:17, the power play goal putting the Wild up 4-3 after two.
In the third, Daniel Nachbaur (Seattle, WA) flew through the right circle and fired home a backhander unassisted at 8:20, giving Wenatchee a 5-3 lead. Then, with Coquitlam attempting to pull their goaltender for an extra attacker, Combs would fire the puck from center into a wide-open net. The unassisted goal at 19:17, gave the Wild the 6-3 win.
Wenatchee outshot the Express 31-19 on the night. Perry made 16 stops for the Wild, while Fenton had 25 saves for Coquitlam. Wenatchee went 1-for-6 on the power play with a shorthanded goal against and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill. “We had our moments where I thought we were pretty good tonight.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Again, we have some areas to tidy up before we get to the island against Cowichan on Friday that we need to tidy up. Nice to score some goals in the end and anytime you win on the road everybody needs to be happy.”
With the win, the Wild improve to 19-9-2-2 on the season, moving back into a first place tie with Chilliwack in the Mainland Division. The Express falls to 12-15-1-4. Wenatchee continues their road swing this coming Friday, December 11th at the Cowichan Valley Capitals, then at the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday, December 12th. The Wild will then close out their pre-Christmas schedule with a pair of home games against the Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday and Saturday, December 18th and 19th.
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