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WILD WRAP UP WEEKEND WITH OT WIN

PHOTO: Sam Morton celebrates his game-tying goal on Sunday. CREDIT: HockeyTV.com screen capture

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild closed out their three-game weekend road swing on a high note, shaking off a 3-1 deficit and rallying for a 4-3 win in overtime over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Sunday afternoon in Duncan, BC.

The Capitals scored first at 5:48 on a Hugh Larkin goal, but Wenatchee responded with a Jack Lippis power play blast from the right circle on a rush three minutes later, assisted by Jasper Weatherby and Murphy Stratton. Ty Pochipinski put the Capitals back on top at 15:41 on the power play and the home team led 2-1 after 20 minutes. At 3:48 of the second period another Capitals power play goal gave them a 3-1 lead as Alexandre Drapeau picked the top shelf through a screen from the blue line. Special teams continued to play a key role, as a Wild power play goal closed the gap to 3-2 as Murphy Stratton ripped a shot over the goalieā€™s shoulder from a steep angle below the left circle at 14:44. With time starting to run short in the third, Sam Morton tied the game as he tucked home a rebound under the blocker with a shifty move in the crease, assisted by Slava Demin and Cooper Zech. Unable to break the deadlock in 60 minutes, the game headed to overtime with the Wild shorthanded for the first 1:08 of the extra session but the Capitals were unable to convert. At 2:35, on a 2-on-1 rush, Jasper Weatherby buried a wrister off the body of goalie Yann Dery lifting the Wild to a 4-3 win. Goalie Austin Park stopped 22 of 25 shots to earn his first win for Wenatchee.

Wenatchee (5-3-0-1) returns home to face the first place Vernon Vipers (7-2-0-2) on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. 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.

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