Vernon, BC. – The Wenatchee Wild scored five times in the first period Friday and rolled to an 8-1 win over the Vernon Vipers, in front of 2,570 at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, British Columbia.
The Wild opened the scoring early, as Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) scored from Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) and Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) at 2:16, giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. They would expand the lead two minutes later, as Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) scored on the power play, assisted by Raabe and August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) at 7:35, for a 2-0 lead. The Wild would make it 3-0 at 7:39, as Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) found the back of the net for a power play goal, off assists from Conzo and Von Ungern. Then, Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) scored an unassisted, short-handed goal at 19:25, giving Wenatchee a 5-0 lead after one.
The Wild added three more goals in the second period, with Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) getting the first two. The first came at 3:39, assisted by Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) and Colin Burston (Winnipeg, MB). The second, assisted by Yoon and Combs came on the power play at 4:56, giving Wenatchee a 7-0 lead. Raabe would add one more for the visitors at 14:04, assisted by Conzo, putting the Wild up 8-0 after two.
Vernon would scored the only goal of the third period, as Colton McCarthy scored, assisted by Mac Ferner and Joe Sacco at 9:56, making it an 8-1 final in favor of Wenatchee.
The Wild outshot the Vipers 44-28 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 27 stops for Wenatchee, while Andrew Shortridge had 36 saves for Vernon. The Wild went 3-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal. “Good effort all the way around from goaltending out.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Good special teams. All four lines contributed. Six defense also played hard.”
With the win, Wenatchee sees their record improve to 34-15-4-4 on the season; the Vipers are now 23-31-3-0. The Wild wraps up the regular season schedule at Merritt on Saturday, February 27th, at 7:30pm. Wenatchee opens up the Fred Page Cup Playoffs on Saturday, March 5th at 7:05pm and Sunday, March 6th at 5:05pm at the Town Toyota Center, against the Langley Rivermen, in a best-of-seven series.
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