PHOTO: The Wild starting lineup on Wednesday in Coquitlam during the singing of the anthems.
CREDIT: Screen Shot from HockeyTV.com
by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild executed a relatively flawless game plan and cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday night as Anthony Yamnitsky and Devin Cooley split time in net for the combined shutout. It was the team’s eleventh shutout this season, and fourth in a row over the Express.
Wenatchee didn’t allow a shot on goal for the first 15 minutes of the game, and ended up outshooting the Express 18-2 in the opening frame. The first goal, and eventual game winner, as it turned out, was scored by Matt Baker as he snapped a one-time snapshot off the Colin Burston pass from the left wing on the rush at 7:53. Brian Williams added an unassisted goal at 14:37 when he walked off the right wing boards with the puck and fired it high glove side for the 2-0 Wild lead. Leading 2-0 after 1, the Wild pulled away early in the second, beginning with Matt Baker’s second of the game at 1:44, a putback from his knee off a Dakota Raabe shot that rebounded right up the middle to the advancing Baker. At 3:55, Raabe gathered the puck in the right wing corner and drifted out through the slot before snapping it bar-down for a 4-0 Wild lead, then half a minute later it was Alex Bates ripping home a crossing pass from Brendan Harris for a 5-0 edge. Just over two minutes later, on a power play, Matt Baker fired a blast off a Charlie Combs pass that deflected off Brian Williams into the net for a 6-0 Wild lead at 6:43. For good measure, at 7:49 Tyler Rockwell fired a blueline wrister into the net for a 7-0 lead, chasing starting goalie Lawson Fenton. Reid Cooper stopped all 9 shots he faced in the remainder of the period, and Wenatchee led 7-0 after 2. In the final period, the Wild threw 21 shots on goal, with AJ Vanderbeck tucking in a nifty shot behind the goalie at 2:37, and Logan Milliken made it 9-0 at 3:46 on a shot from the high slot as Wenatchee went on to win by that score. Devin Cooley turned aside 7 Express shots in the final frame as the two Wild goalies split a 13 save shutout. Five of the six wins over Coquitlam this season have been by shutout, including the last 4 in a row.
Wenatchee (41-9-4-0) returns home for their final two home games of the regular season on Friday and Saturday against third place Langley (28-16-6-2). All Wild games are aired live locally on Sunny FM 93.9 and available online with pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com. 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). Catch “Call of the Wild” every Thursday night at 8 pm, along with a tape delayed Wild Game of the Week on NCW Life Channel. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device.
Official Game Sheet can be viewed here: http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7665