PHOTO: Brendan Harris (23) and the Wild face elimination after falling 6-2 in Game 3 Tuesday night.
CREDIT: Darren Francis, Fotoshotz.ca
by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild were handed a 6-2 loss in Game 3 of the BCHL Mainland Division Finals by the #2 seed Chilliwack Chiefs, leaving the Wild on the brink of elimination. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played in Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, BC, Canada on Wednesday.
A brisk, penalty-free first period was also devoid of scoring, but not quality chances at each end of the ice. The Wild found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play early in the second period, but the league’s top-ranked power play unit was held in check. The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead when a Ben Fanjoy shot deflected off a Wild forward, fluttering it over the blocker of Anthony Yamnitsky at 8:35, and Kohen Olischefski fired a heavy wrister that eluded Yamnitsky on the glove side just over a minute later, prompting the Wild to switch goalies. Twenty-two seconds later Wenatchee got on the board as Brendan Harris tapped in a loose rebound on a play begun by Brian Williams holding the puck in the zone and feeding it to Charlie Combs. Jordan Kawaguchi snapped a shot across the grain while moving to his left that got past the glove hand of Devin Cooley and the Chiefs held a 3-1 edge after two periods. Kawaguchi added a power play goal :25 into the third when Cooley knocked down a shot with his glove hand that Kawaguchi was able to sweep in on the backhand, and the Wild brought Yamnitsky back in. Kawaguchi completed his natural hat trick (three consecutive goals) by powering a low shot through the pads at 2:19 (also on the power play). With the Chiefs leading 5-1, the Wild appeared to get one back as the puck seemingly bounced off a Chiefs defenseman but it was ruled that Matt Baker swatted it in with his hand. Colin Burston was able to jam a shot home after some nice work by Dakota Raabe to set it up at 12:47, and the Wild brought immense pressure for the remainder of the period but the Chiefs scored an empty net goal for the final 6-2 margin.
Wenatchee and Chilliwack meet again for Game 4 Wednesday. If the series goes to a Game 5, it will also be played in Chilliwack, on Friday. All Wild games are aired live locally on Sunny FM 93.9 and available online with pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com. Away game watch parties take place at Riverside Pub. Tickets are on sale now at the Wild Office, the Town Toyota Center Box Office, and online at: tickets.wenatcheewildhockey.com.
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Official scoresheet can be viewed here: http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7811