Wenatchee, WA. – A Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) goal in the opening minute of overtime Sunday night boosted the Wenatchee Wild to a 3-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs, in front of 2,213 fans at the Town Toyota Center.
Chilliwack led 1-0 after one, thanks to a goal by Eric Benshadle. Mitch Skapski drew the lone assist, putting the Chiefs on top after 20 minutes.
The Wild would tie it up in the second. Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) would score from Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) and Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) at 5:33, knotting the game 1-1 through 40 minutes.
In the third, Wenatchee would take the lead. Colin Burston (Winnipeg, MB) scored from Logan Milliken (Canmore, AB) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) at 1:01, putting the Wild on top, 2-1. The lead would hold until late in the period, as Chilliwack would score with their goaltender off for an extra attacker. Jordan Kawaguchi scored from Dennis Chowlowski and Austin Adam at 18:32, tying the game 2-2 and forcing overtime.
The teams squared off for a 4-on-4 overtime session and it took less than a minute for Wenatchee to win it. Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) dug the puck off the wall along the right side, feeding it to a wide open Coyne in the slot. Coyne would bury the backhander top shelf 46 seconds into the extra session, giving the Wild the 3-2 win.
Wenatchee outshot the Chiefs 25-22 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 20 saves for the Wild, while Aiden Pelino made 22 saves for Chilliwack. The Wild went 0-for-2 on the power play and 1-of-1 on the penalty kill. “Pretty good effort on our part tonight.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Played a really good hockey team, I think two pretty even games both nights. To come out with four points, we feel pretty good about that effort.”
With the win, Wenatchee improves to 23-10-2-3 on the season; the Chiefs are now 24-8-4-1. The Wild next play on Friday, January 8th, when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:05pm at the Town Toyota Center.
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