Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild had a one-goal lead through 40 minutes Friday night but couldn’t hold it, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Coquitlam Express at the Poirer Sports and Leisure Centre.
The Wild created numerous scoring chances in the first period, outshooting Coquitlam 17-6, but the game remained scoreless through 20 minutes.
In the second, Wenatchee would grab the lead on a Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) goal. Harris would work his way from the right side into the high slot, where he would gun home a wrister, assisted by Austin Chavez (Corona, CA) at 2:15, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead after two.
Wenatchee continued to control things in the third, but it was the Express that would light the lamp twice in the period. Austin McIlmurray scored from Colton Kerfoot and Charlie Barrow on the power play at 7:46, tying the game 1-1. Then, at 17:28, Jackson Cressey scored on a mad scramble in close, assisted by Kerfoot. The goal stood up as the game winner, as Coquitlam would triumph, 2-1.
The Wild outshot the Express 41-19 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 17 saves for Wenatchee, while Lawson Fenton had 40 stops for Coquitlam. The Wild went 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill. “Obviously, we did a lot of things right tonight.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “We need to figure out a way to make our chances count more. We had 6 to 8 partial breakaways or attempts where it was just us and the goaltender and the goaltender won the battle. We need to find a way to win those battles.”
With the win, the Express improves to 19-20-4-1 on the season, Wenatchee falls to 24-14-2-3. Wenatchee returns home to host the Penticton Vees on Saturday, January 23rd at the Town Toyota Center.
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