Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild broke open a scoreless tie with three second period goals, on their way to a 4-1 victory over the Surrey Eagles Thursday, in front of 2,286 at the Town Toyota Center.
After a scoreless first period, Wenatchee’s Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) scored from the right circle, off assists from Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) and Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) at 5:46, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. They would increase the lead on a Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) goal at 13:39. August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) drew the lone assist, putting Wenatchee on top, 2-0. Then, just 44 seconds later, Rockwell scored from the left circle, assisted by Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) and Coyne at 14:23, putting the Wild on top, 3-0 after two.
Wenatchee would score once in the third. Conzo lit the lamp on the power play, assisted by Drabin and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) at 16:56, upping the lead to 4-0. The Wild’s shutout string against Surrey would end at 163:46, as Kurt Black tapped one home from Donovan Ott and Paul McAvoy at 17:23, making the final score 4-1 in favor of Wenatchee.
The Wild outshot the Eagles 51-20 on the night, tying their season high for shots on goal in the process. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 19 stops for Wenatchee, while Justin Laforest had 47 saves for Surrey. The Wild went 1-for-6 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill. “Overall, it was a good effort.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought the first two periods, I liked our work ethic, I liked the pace we played at. I don’t think there wasn’t much not to like. I think their goaltender played well, overall I thought it was a good effort on our part”
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 17-8-2-2 on the season, the Eagles fall to 5-23-0-0. The Wild concludes their 4-game home stand Friday, December 4th against the Surrey Eagles at the Town Toyota Center. Faceoff is set for 7:05pm PST.
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