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PHOTO: The Wenatchee Wild battled to a 3-2 preseason win over the Langley Rivermen on Friday night.  (CREDIT: Hannah Winkler)

by Arch Ecker

After playing a sequence of four two-period games against Trail last weekend, the Wenatchee Wild returned to a standard three period format for their preseason game against Langley on Friday night, and turned in a solid performance leading to a 3-2 win in the Town Toyota Center’s Community Rink.

Wenatchee kept a good amount of pressure in the Rivermen zone, taking a 1-0 lead in the first period, with Sam Morton lighting the lamp at 7:16. Wenatchee outshot Langley 11-6 in the opening period. Just :12 seconds into the middle frame, Langley tied it up on a Colten Kovich tally and though Wenatchee outshot Langley 17-6 in the second and enjoyed three power plays, the game remained tied at 1 through 40 minutes. The Wild pulled ahead at 2:27 of the third on a Henry Enebak goal, and padded their lead with an insurance blast from AJ Vanderbeck at 9:20, two seconds after the expiration of a Wild power play. The goal, a trademark wrister wired to the high blocker side proved valuable as Langley’s Devin LeDuc was able to bring his team with a goal with 3:37 left to play in regulation. Langley used their timeout with 1:48 left and pulled the goalie at the first opportunity but the Wild held fast to claim the 3-2 win behind a 19-save effort by Seth Eisele. Chad Cromar started the game in net for Langley and Will McEwan came in after the Vanderbeck goal to finish up. The tandem faced 46 Wenatchee shots on goal in the loss. The teams wrap up their preseason schedules Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm, again in the Community Rink.

The Wild begin their regular season on the road at Merritt next Saturday, September 9. Wenatchee’s home opener is September 16 against the Vernon Vipers and a pregame tailgate party is planned.

Season ticket packages are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825. Single game tickets and group packages are available now. Fan bus trips are also now on sale, with the first one heading to the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack on Sept 23-24.

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. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device.

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