2 Game Series December 18th and 19th, 2015
Home against Chilliwack
The Wenatchee Wild is in action this week against the Chilliwack Chiefs at Town Toyota Center. Heading into this week’s two-game set, the Wild are second in the Mainland Division, 3 points back of Chilliwack and 8 points ahead of Langley.
Since we saw you last
The Wild played four on the road, losing to Trail 4-2 on Saturday the 5th, then beating Coquitlam 6-3 on the 9th, tying Cowichan Valley 2-2 on the 11th, then topping Victoria 2-0 on the 12th. The Wild carry a record of 20-9-3-2 into this weekend’s action.
Special teams recap
Wenatchee has gone 30 for 170 on the power play heading into this week and 105 of 120 on the penalty kill against the rest of the league, including killing their 18 of their past 19 shorthanded situations. They’ve allowed seven shorthanded goals and have scored three shorthanded goals of their own. Their 170 power play opportunities are third most in the league.
Penalties recap vs. the league
Officials whistled 92 minutes in penalties in the past four games, 38 minutes to Wenatchee and 54 to their opponents. The Wild were 10 for 11 on the penalty kill and 3 for 18 on the power play with a shorthanded goal against. In the previous two games against Chilliwack, the Wild were penalized 26 minutes to 14 for the Chiefs.
Special teams on the season
The Wild penalty kill is 1st in the BCHL rankings, at 87.50% with 3 shorthanded goals. On the power play, Wenatchee ranks 16th, at 17.65%, while allowing 7 shorthanded goals.
So far this season
Brendan Harris (8g, 25a, 33pts), Mike Coyne (9g, 22a, 31pts), Kyle Stephan (12g, 16a, 28pts) and August Von Ungern (11g, 14a, 25pts) lead the team in scoring. Top goal scorers are Joe Drabin and Stephan with 12, Von Ungern with 11 and Dakota Raabe and Blake Christensen with 10 each. Chase Perry, an RPI recruit and Detroit Red Wings draft pick, has 15 wins and 2 ties in 27 starts, 2.33 goals against average and a .901 saves percentage. Garrett Nieto is 5-2-1 in 8 starts, with a 1.85 goals against average and a .926 saves percentage. Perry has 4 shutouts, Nieto 1.
This weeks’ opponent
Chilliwack – 26W 6L 1T 3OTL (1st Mainland) Home: 14-2-0-2 Away: 8-4-1-1 Last 10: 8-1-0-1 Head to Head: 1-1-0-0
Wild vs. Chilliwack
Friday and Saturday is the third and fourth meetings of the season with Chilliwack. The two teams have split the previous two games. The Chiefs won in Chilliwack 4-1 on October 21st, with the Wild winning 3-2 in Chilliwack on November 21st. Wenatchee hosts the Chiefs January 2nd and 3rd and plays at Chilliwack February 17th.
The Chiefs, who are 22-6-1-3 on the season and 8-1-0-1 in their past 10 games, are led in scoring by Jordan Kawaguchi (23g, 18a) and Vimal Sukumaran (22g, 19a) with 41 points each. Kale Kane has 40 penalty minutes. Goaltender Matteo Esposito is 9-2-0 with a 2.06 goals against average and a .913 saves percentage and 3 shutouts. Aidan Pelino is 13-7-1 with a 2.28 goals against average and a .919 saves percentage with 2 shutouts. Chilliwack is 7th in the league on the power play at 20.72% and 4th in the league on the penalty kill, at 84.30%.
Around the BCHL
Heading into play this weekend, Penticton has the league’s top win percentage; at .897(They’ve won 30 of 34 games this season). Chilliwack is are second at .750, Salmon Arm in third at .688 and Wenatchee is fourth at .662, Nanaimo is fifth at .643 and West Kelowna is sixth at .588…. Penticton leads Salmon Arm by 17 points for the Interior Division lead. Nanaimo sits atop the Island Division, 6 points ahead of Cowichan Valley…. Chilliwack leads Wenatchee by 3 points in the Mainland Division…. Penticton leads the BCHL with 147 goals. Wenatchee is 8th with 116…. The Wild has allowed 78 goals; Penticton has allowed the fewest in the BCHL at 72…. Wenatchee leads the league in average attendance at 2,863. Chilliwack is second at 2,321 and Penticton is third at 2,295.
Sheldon Rempal (37g, 36a) of Nanaimo leads the league in scoring with 73 points. Scott Conway (30g, 38a) of Penticton has 68 points, Tyson Jost of Penticton (24g, 37a) has 61 points, Devin Brosseau (14g, 35a) of Nanaimo has 49 points and Matthew Hoover (25g, 22a) of Nanaimo and Colton Kerfoot (17g, 30a) of Coquitlam have 47 points each. Garrett Nieto of Wenatchee has the league’s lowest goals against average, at 1.85; Zachary Driscoll of Penticton is at 1.93. Driscoll has the league’s best saves percentage, at .935. Chase Perry of Wenatchee has the most minutes played, at 1,357.
Wild by birth year
1995 – Blake Christensen, Joe Drabin, Daniel Nachbaur, Kyle Stephan, Mike Coyne.
1996 – Matt Burchill, Charlie Combs, Aaron Murray, Tyler Rockwell, Austin Chavez, Brendan Harris, Chase Perry.
1997 – Matt Baker, August Von Ungern, Dakota Raabe, Troy Conzo, Alex Bates, Logan Milliken.
1998 – Brandon Puricelli, Bryan Yoon, Konsta Jaske, Garrett Nieto.
Dylan Abood has played 31 career games at the Air Force Academy, with 1 goal, 9 assists and 14 penalty minutes.
Dylan Mead has played 17 career games with Danbury of the Federal League, with 3 assists and 58 penalty minutes.
Blake Butzow has played 32 career games with Adrian College. He has 1 goal, 5 assists and 19 penalty minutes.
Robert Nichols has played 63 career games with Connecticut, with a 2.65 goals against average.
The Wild has some great seats available for you, your family and your friends. Single game and season seats are available by calling the Wild at 509-888-PUCK(7825). Great group rates are available as well.
This weekend around the Mainland Division
Friday: Surrey at Coquitlam; Prince George at Nanaimo; Chilliwack at Wenatchee; Powell River at Langley.
Saturday: Coquitlam at Langley; Prince George at Cowichan Valley; Chilliwack at Wenatchee.
Sunday: Prince George at Langley.
Vs. Chilliwack January 2nd and 3rd, vs. Salmon Arm, January 8th, at Penticton January 13th, vs. Nanaimo January 15th, vs. Merritt January 16th.
(All numbers current as of December 18th, 2015)