Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild spotted the Langley Rivermen a pair of goals to start a third straight game, but like the others came back to win, this time 6-3, in front of 3,112 at the Town Toyota Center.
Torrin White would give Langley the early advantage at 5:21, assisted by Dominic Franco and Matthew Graham, putting the Rivermen up 1-0. Then, six minutes later, Graham would score from White and Jordan Schneider at 11:23, for a 2-0 Langley lead. After that, August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) would kick start the Wild offense with a pair of goals, the first unassisted at 14:31 and the second assisted by Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) and Konsta Jaske (Samammish, WA) at 19:41, tying the game 2-2 after one.
Wenatchee would score a pair in the second. Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) scored from the slot on the power play, assisted by Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) and Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) at 12:47, for a 3-2 Wild lead. Then, Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) scored a power play goal from the left circle, assisted by Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) and Combs at 16:14, giving Wenatchee a 4-2 advantage through 40 minutes.
Matty Saharchuk would light the lamp early in the third, assisted by Justin Fregona. The goal, at 23 seconds, brought the Rivermen back to within one, at 4-3. However, the Wild would hold on from there, adding unassisted goals from Colin Burston (Winnipeg, MB) at 15:55 and Stephan into an empty net at 19:49 for the 6-3 Wild win. The game then broke down in the final 11 seconds, with numerous penalties ending the evening.
Wenatchee outshot Langley 42-29 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 26 saves for the Wild, while Bo Didur had 36 stops for the Rivermen. Wenatchee went 2-for-6 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill. “Proud of our guys, good weekend for us.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought offensively we created many quality scoring chances. I’m guessing we out-chanced them easily 3 to 1. Interesting tactic by Langley at the end, going back to 1977 Broad Street Bullies. We definitely didn’t start the fights but we finished them, I think we won every one of them, so I’m very proud of our guys.”
With the win, the Wild improves to 29-15-2-3 on the season; Langley falls to 27-19-3-1. Wenatchee remains home to host the Prince George Spruce Kings on Friday and Saturday, February 12th and 13th, 7:05pm both nights at the Town Toyota Center.
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