Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild let a two-goal, third period lead slip away Wednesday night, in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs, before 2,304 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
Wenatchee got on the board first on a Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) goal, assisted by August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) at 2:31, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead. Chilliwack would then score twice to take the lead. Darien Craighead scored from Dennis Chowlowski and Taylor Allan at 13:36, then Vimal Sukumaran scored from Craighead and Zach Giuttari at 17:01, putting the Chiefs on top 2-1 after one.
In the second, Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) scored for Wenatchee from Daniel Nachbaur (Seattle, WA) and Raabe at 3:52, tying the game 2-2. Craighead would then tie it for Chilliwack, off assists from Olivier Arseneau and Jeremy Germain at 5:21, putting the Chiefs on top, 3-2. A pair of Wild goals would then give the visitors the lead. Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON), assisted by Combs scored at 15:40, then Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) scored from Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) and Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) at 19:47, giving Wenatchee a 4-3 lead after two.
Chilliwack would tie the game early in the third. Ryan Forbes scored from Germain and Rylan Bechtel at 3:29, knotting the game, 4-4. The Wild would then score twice to regain the lead. Raabe scored from Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) and Harris at 7:20, then Von Ungern scored from Harris at 11:00, putting Wenatchee on top, 6-4. However, the Chiefs would score twice in 37 seconds to tie it. Craighead scored from Allan and Chowlowski at 11:32, then Germain scored from Kale Kane at 12:09, tying the game 6-6 and sending the contest to overtime.
Late in the extra session, Chilliwack would score to win it, as Chowlowski poked one home from Kane and Connor McCarthy at 4:49, giving the Chiefs the 7-6 win.
Chilliwack outshot Wenatchee 28-21 for the game. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 21 saves for the Wild, while Aidan Pelino and Matteo Esposito combined for 15 stops for the Chiefs. Wenatchee went 2-for-3 on the power play and 4-of-6 on the penalty kill. “Good news is we scored 6 goals against a real good hockey team.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Bad news is we gave up seven. I thought we played well at times and at other times we played a little selfish. This time of year we’ve been playing real good hockey and been playing team hockey, at times tonight we got a little bit selfish. We need to clean that up if we’re going to make some noise in the playoffs.”
The Wild, who saw their eight-game win streak snapped, slips to 32-15-3-3 on the season, clinching home ice in the first round of the playoffs; Chilliwack improves to 33-12-4-3. Wenatchee now returns home to host Victoria on Friday, February 19th and Cowichan Valley on Saturday, February 20th, 7:05pm both nights at the Town Toyota Center.
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