Duncan, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild and Cowichan Valley Capitals thrilled the crowd with some exciting action, battling through double-overtime Friday night, before settling for a 2-2 tie at the Island Savings Centre.
After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for 29 shots on goal, Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) would give Wenatchee the lead with a shot from the left circle. Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) assisted on the power play goal at 3:02, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead, which would last until early in the third.
In the third, Cowichan Valley’s Luke Santerno scored on the power play from Mitch Meek and Chris Harpur at 1:37, tying the game 1-1. Then, late in the period, Wenatchee would regain the lead. Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) scored on a turn-around shot from the slot. The unassisted goal, coming at 15:17, put the Wild back on top, 2-1. However, the Capitals would strike back quickly, as Adam Osczewski scored unassisted at 16:17, tying the game 2-2.
In the first overtime, Wenatchee outshot Cowichan Valley 7-1, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Then, in the second overtime, featuring 3-on-3 play, the two teams flew up and down the ice, but both teams were denied in their search for the winning goal and the game ended in a 2-all tie.
The Wild outshot the Capitals 49-32 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 30 saves for Wenatchee, while Storm Phaneuf had 47 saves for Cowichan Valley. The Wild went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill. “I thought we played very well.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Definitely deserved both points tonight, but sometimes little mistakes come back and haunt you. No doubt we had the better of the chances tonight. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get both points.”
With the tie, Wenatchee moves to 19-9-3-2 on the season, the Capitals are now 16-11-2-3. The Wild wraps up their road swing on the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday, December 12th. Wenatchee 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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