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DEFENSE STEPS UP AS WILD DEFEAT SILVERBACKS

PHOTO: Chad Sasaki (2, in black) had two assists Friday in Wenatchee victory. CREDIT:  Pure Life Photography l Chris and Jen Fowler

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild have been getting good point production from their defensemen all year, and Friday night in Salmon Arm the blueliners contributed seven points including a pair of goals from Slava Demin in the third period to put the game away as Wenatchee posted a 4-1 come-from-behind win.

After a scoreless first period, and being denied on their first three power plays, the Wild found themselves down 1-0 as Rhett Kingston scored from the right circle for the Silverbacks. The Wild went on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the second period, and :23 seconds into the power play, August Von Ungern-Sternberg backhanded a pretty top shelf tally from the goalies blocker side to tie the game, with assists credited to Slava Demin and Chad Sasaki. On a subsequent power play at 11:17, Sam Morton ripped a shot high on glove side with more assists coming from the blue line, courtesy of Cooper Zech and Noah Kim, and Wenatchee led 2-1 after 2 periods. In the third period, Slava Demin gave the Wild some breathing room as he first fired a shot from the top of the left circle with Jasper Weatherby setting a screen and assists coming from Lucas Sowder and Chad Sasaki at 5:17. Then Demin struck again as Sam Morton drove into the zone on the left wing, slid a pass to the trailing Demin and the left hander wired it home from the high slot for the 4-1 lead at 9:16, and the Wild would hold on that lead to post their nineteenth win of the season. Seth Eisele made 23 saves to earn the win.

Wenatchee (19-8-1-1) wraps up the three-game road trip with a Saturday night finale at West Kelowna (16-13-1-0). The Warriors were on the road on Friday night, taking a 7-4 loss at Merritt. The next Wild home game is Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm against the Trail Smoke Eaters. Group ticket packages for all games are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825.

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