Langley, B.C. – The Wenatchee Wild shot out to a 4-goal, first period lead Tuesday, then were forced to overtime, where a lucky bounce found the back of the net, giving the Wild a 7-6 win over the Langley Rivermen and a 2 games to 1 lead in the best of seven series, in a game played at the George Preston Recreation Centre in Langley, British Columbia..
Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) scored on the power play at 4:38, assisted by Mike Coyne (Buffalo, NY) and Colin Burston (Winnipeg, MB), giving Wenatchee a 1-0 lead. Combs would score again moments later, assisted by Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) at 6:04, putting the Wild up 2-0. Then, Daniel Nachbaur (Seattle, WA) scored, assisted by Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) and Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) at 12:18, to make it 3-0 Wenatchee. Combs would complete the hat trick off a feed from Harris at 13:31 and the Wild were up 4-0. Langley would then strike twice. Jason O’Neill scored from Jordan Schneider and Zac Masson at 15:14 and Torrin White scored from William Campion on the power play at 16:07. Those goals cut the Wenatchee lead to 4-2 after one.
The Rivermen would forge a tie with a pair of goals in the second. Ryan Barrow scored from O’Neill and Cameron Ginetti at 6:36, and then White scored on the power play from Matty Saharchuk and Matthew Graham at 7:53, tying the game 4-4. The Wild would then score twice to regain the two-goal lead. Baker scored from Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) at 8:49 to make it 5-4 Wenatchee. Then, August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) scored, helped by Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY) at 11:09, giving Wenatchee a 6-4 lead after 40 minutes.
In the third, Langley scored twice more to tie it once again. Graham scored from Max Kaufman and Alec Capstick at 4:32, and then Justin Szeto scored from Dominic Franco and Zac Masson at 16:08, tying the game 6-6 and forcing overtime.
The overtime, however, was over in less than a minute. Kyle Stephan (Barrie, ON) rushed through the right wing circle, and then from behind the goal line, threw the puck to the front of the net. There, it bounced off a defenseman and in. The unassisted goal, coming just 18 seconds into the extra session, gave the Wild the 7-6 win.
Wenatchee outshot the Rivermen 33-31 for the game. Garrett Nieto (Yorba Linda, CA) and Chase Perry (Andover, MN) combined to make 25 saves for the Wild, while Bo Didur and Nickolas Trenciansky teamed for 26 stops for Langley. Wenatchee went 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-4 on the penalty kill. “We faced a lot of adversity in many forms.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “We found a way to win.”
The Wild now lead the first round, best-of-seven series 2 games to 1. The series remains in Langley for games Wednesday and Friday, March 9th and 11th, 7:00pm each night. If the series extends beyond that, games 6 and 7, if needed, would be in Wenatchee on Sunday, March 13th at 8:05pm PDT and Monday, March 14th at 7:05pm.
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