Wenatchee, WA. – The Wenatchee Wild broke open a one-goal game with three third period goals Monday night, defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-1, in front of 2,285 at the Town Toyota Center.
The Chiefs would grab the lead first, as Jeremy Germain scored from Mark Esposito and Darien Craighead at 9:06, giving Chilliwack the 1-0 lead. The Wild would tie it up a short time later, as Daniel Nachbaur (Seattle, WA) ripped one home from the left circle. Dakota Raabe (Dana Point, CA) and Tyler Rockwell (San Jose, CA) assisted at 11:05, tying the game 1-1.
In the second, Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, NV) scored from Blake Christensen (Lauderhill, FL) and Charlie Combs (St. Louis, MO) at 7:00, giving Wenatchee a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.
The Wild would bust the game open with a three-goal third. Combs scored from the slot, with Harris and Christensen drawing the assists at 4:20, for a 3-1 Wenatchee lead. Then, off a scramble at the right post, Raabe would poke one home, off an assist from Matt Baker (Midhurst, ON) at 10:31. The power play goal upped the Wild lead to 4-1. August Von Ungern (Boise, ID) would then file one into an empty net at 13:05, assisted by Raabe and Troy Conzo (Nesconset, NY), giving Wenatchee the 5-1 win, narrowing the series deficit to 2-1.
The Wild outshot the Chiefs 33-32 on the night. Chase Perry (Andover, MN) made 31 saves for Wenatchee; Aidan Pelino and Matteo Esposito combined for 28 saves for Chilliwack. The Wild went 1-for-5 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill. “Obviously proud of our effort.” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach/General Manager Bliss Littler. “Being down 0-2, some teams would pack ‘er in and say had a good season, but we had a lot of fight in us tonight. I thought we had to grind quite a bit. I’m looking forward to tomorrow night. I’m sure with us and Chilliwack, we’ve had great games all year, that I would expect nothing but another great game tomorrow.”
The Wild trail the second round, best-of-seven series 2 games to 1. Game four takes place in Wenatchee Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:05pm at the Town Toyota Center. Game five will be at Chilliwack on Thursday, March 24th. If game six is needed, it would be in Wenatchee on Friday, March 25th, with a game seven if needed set for Chilliwack on Saturday, March 26th.
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