Chilliwack, B.C. – The Wenatchee Wild fought hard all night long, but surrendered a goal in the final moments Saturday, losing to the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-2 Saturday night, in front of 1,846 at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
Chilliwack would lead 1-0 after one on a Kale Kane power play goal, assisted by Vimal Sukumaran and Dennis Chowlowski.
In the second, the Chiefs would up the lead to 2-0, on a goal by Chowlowski at 3:48, assisted by Austin Adam and Kohen Olischefski. However, Wenatchee would battle back. Joe Drabin (Rochester, NY) would drive home the puck off a goal-mouth scramble, to get the Wild on the board at 5:40, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
In the third, the two teams battled hard, with the score remaining 2-1 Chilliwack. Then, late in the period, Colin Burston (Winnipeg, MB) tipped one home, assisted by Alex Bates (Highlands Ranch, CO) at 18:39, bringing Wenatchee even at 2-2. But, just as the game appeared headed to overtime, Kane scored on a frantic scramble, assisted by Jordan Kawaguchi at 19:37 and the Chiefs would go on from there for the 3-2 win and a 2-0 series lead.
The Wild outshot Chilliwack 28-27 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 24 saves for Wenatchee; Aidan Pelino had 26 saves for the Chiefs. The Wild went 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill. “That’s a tough one to take.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “But, at the end of the night, our compete level was much greater than it was in game one. I saw a lot of heartbeat in the locker room afterwards, where I don’t think our kids have checked out. I think we get back to our place, we’ve got to hold serve, that we’ve got to find a way to win a game up here. But right now, we need to concentrate on getting as healthy as we can, taking care of our bodies and having ourselves ready to go back on Monday. ”
The Wild trail the second round, best-of-seven series 2 games to none. The series now shifts to Wenatchee for games three and four on Monday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:05pm both nights at the Town Toyota Center.
Battle For The Border
The Wild's Joe Drabin backhands home a second-period goal past Chilliwack goaltender Aidan Pelino.
(Photo credit to Damon James)