Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild scored early in the third but couldn’t hold the lead, losing to the Cowichan Valley Capitals 3-2 Saturday night, in front of 3,418 fans at the Town Toyota Center.
The Wild scored the opening goal as Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) scored from the top of the left circle unassisted at 4:26 of the opening period, giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. The Capitals would tie the game just under three minutes later on an unassisted goal by Ryan Burton, making it 1-1 after one.
After a scoreless second period, the Wild would regain the lead on an Aaron Murray (Chino, CA) goal from the right circle. Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) and Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) drew the assists at 58 seconds, putting Wenatchee back on top 2-1. However, Adam Osczevski would net the equalizer for Cowichan Valley at 7:59, assisted by Corey Hoffman and Luke Santerno, tying the game 2-2, where, from there, it would proceed to overtime.
The teams would go back-and-forth in the extra session, before Matthew Hudie would break in and score on a backhand, off a feed from Hoffman, giving the Capitals the 3-2 win.
The Wild outshot Cowichan Valley 40-20 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 17 saves for Wenatchee, while Storm Phaneuf had 38 stops for Cowichan Valley. The Wild went 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill. “Generally, you get as many chances as we had, you need to find a way to score more than two goals.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “We definitely had enough chances to win that hockey game going away. Good lesson to learn again, about teams hanging around. Shouldn’t let teams hang around and we did and it cost us tonight. Overall the effort was pretty good.”
With the overtime loss, Wenatchee sees their record move to 33-15-4-3 on the season; the Capitals improve to 27-22-3-3. The Wild hosts the Langley Rivermen on Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:05pm at the Town Toyota Center.
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