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PHOTO: Goalie Austin Park (35) gets defensive support from Bryce DeFazio (28) and Jacob Modry (26). CREDIT: Damon James Photography

by Arch Ecker

After falling behind by a pair of goals early in the opening period on the road in Chilliwack, the Wenatchee Wild tied the game at 2, then at 3, then again at 4-4 before surrendering the game winner with :16.7 to play in regulation.

Newly acquired netminder Austin Park was tested early, and the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead when Corey Andonovski slipped in undetected behind the Wild defense and tapped home a crisp crossing pass from the left wing. Just :28 seconds later, Bryan Allbee’s soft wrister from the left point found its way through traffic into the top corner for a 2-0 Chiefs lead. The Wild drew to within a goal when Cooper Zech lasered a seeing eye shot across the grain on the power play late in the period and the Wild trailed 2-1. Jasper Weatherby notched his sixth of the season to tie the game, also on the power play on a heavy wrister in stride from the left wing, assisted by Chad Sasaki who began the rush set up by Austin Park. Less than half a minute later, the Chiefs were back on top as Kaden Pickering swept home a loose rebound but the Wild rebounded to tie the game at 3-3 when Cooper Zech offered a shot that hit the goalie up on the shoulder, and fell in behind and across the line as the goalie backed up, leaving the score even at the end of two. With just under seven minutes to play, Kaden Pickering scored again after blasting through two Wild players to advance alone, burying the backhander blocker side for a 4-3 Chief advantage, but eleven seconds later Jasper Weatherby stole the puck in the neutral zone, turned and entered the Chiefs zone and ripped a wrister past the glove of goalie Mathieu Caron to tie the game right back up at 4-4. Chilliwack potted the game winner when Will Calverley snapped a shot past the glove hand of Park with just under :17 seconds to play, and the Chiefs handed Wenatchee just their second regulation loss of the year.

The game was costly not just in lost potential points, but in injury as Lukas Svejkovsky needed to be helped off the ice and Lucas Sowder had to leave the game prematurely as well. The extents of their injuries are being evaluated.

Wenatchee (4-2-0-1) continues the weekend road swing, visiting Powell River (6-1-1-0) Saturday at 7:15 pm, and Cowichan Valley at 2 pm Sunday. Group ticket packages are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825. Fan bus trips are also now on sale, with the next one heading to Langley on Nov. 18-19. Contact the Wild office to reserve your spot.

The Wenatchee Wild are celebrating their tenth season in the Valley. Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com). Listen to every game on KCSY – Sunny FM 93.9. Video streaming is available with HockeyTV.com. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device.

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