Friday, February 19, 2016

Wild Slips Past Grizzlies

Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild scored once in each of the first two periods and held serve through the third, skating to a 2-1 victory over the Victoria Grizzlies Friday night, before 2,747 fans at the Town Toyota Center.

The Wild struck first on a wrister from the right circle by Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON), assisted by Bryan Yoon (Parker, CO) at 9:10, giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead after one.

In the second, the Grizzlies would tie it up on a Jake Stevens goal, assisted by Cole Pickup and PJ Conlon at 5:08, squaring the game at 1-1. Then, just over ten minutes later, Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) would score on a breakaway, assisted by Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) and Yoon at 15:39, giving the Wild a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.  

The two teams would go at each other in the third period, with Wenatchee holding an 8-7 shots advantage. But, despite pulling their goaltender at the end, Victoria was unable to get the equalizer, as Wenatchee held on for the 2-1 win.

The Wild outshot the Grizzlies 24-17 on the night. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) made 16 saves for Wenatchee, while Matthew Galajda had 22 stops for Victoria. The Wild went 0-for-2 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill. “They played a 1970 old-style hockey brand, it was interesting.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “I thought our kids responded well to it. We definitely did not get intimidated. Proud of the effort of our kids tonight. I thought we made a lot of plays.”

Wenatchee, who won for the ninth time in their past ten games, improves their record to 33-15-3-3 on the season; the Grizzlies fall to 22-28-4-0. The Wild hosts the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday, February 20th, 7:05pm at the Town Toyota Center.

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1 comment:

Al said...

I hope you feel better soon. We miss your voice. The Canadian announcers only liked two things about Wenatchee hockey. The size of the rink and the attendance. The biggest thing was NO shot clock. Also felt there was too much activity before the game and during the time between periods. Felt the ice was too soft. (maybe that is the way coach Litter likes it??) I understand the announcers from the Capitals will be announcing the game Saturday. I will not hear them I will be there live. Get well soon.

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