BATTLE FOR THE BORDER
Wenatchee Wild vs.Chilliwack Chiefs
January 2nd and 3rd, 2016
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, 5 points back of Chilliwack and 4 points ahead of Langley.
Since we saw you last
Prior to the Christmas break, the Wild and Chiefs played a pair of games at the Town Toyota Center, with the Wild winning 4-2 on December 18th and the Chiefs winning 3-2 on December 19th. 6,472 fans attended the two games.
Special teams recap
Wenatchee has gone 31 for 183 on the power play heading into this week and 116 of 131 on the penalty kill against the rest of the league, including killing their 30 of their past 33 shorthanded situations. They’ve allowed seven shorthanded goals and have scored three shorthanded goals of their own. Their 183 power play opportunities are third most in the league.
Penalties recap vs. the league
Officials whistled 68 minutes in penalties in the past two games, 28 minutes to Wenatchee and 40 to the Chiefs. The Wild were 5 for 5 on the penalty kill and 1 for 11 on the power play with a shorthanded goal against. In the previous four games against Chilliwack, the Wild were penalized 56 minutes to 44 for Chilliwack.
Special teams on the season
The Wild penalty kill is 1st in the BCHL rankings, at 88.5% with 3 shorthanded goals. On the power play, Wenatchee ranks 15th, at 16.9%, while allowing 7 shorthanded goals.
So far this season
Brendan Harris (8g, 27a, 35pts), Mike Coyne (9g, 23a, 32pts), Kyle Stephan (12g, 17a, 29pts) and August Von Ungern (12g, 14a, 26pts) lead the team in scoring. Top goal scorers are Joe Drabin, Dakota Raabe, Von Ungern and Stephan with 12, Blake Christensen with 11 and Coyne with 9. Chase Perry, an RPI recruit and Detroit Red Wings draft pick, has 16 wins and 2 ties in 29 starts, a 2.34 goals against average and a .900 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 – 24W 7L 3T 1OTL (1st Mainland) Home: 15-2-2-0 Away: 9-5-1-1 Last 10: 8-1-0-1 Head to Head: 2-2-0-0
Wild vs. Chilliwack
Saturday and Sunday is the fifth and sixth meetings of the season with Chilliwack. The two teams have split the previous four games. The Chiefs won in Chilliwack 4-1 on October 21st and 3-2 in Wenatchee on December 19th with the Wild winning 3-2 in Chilliwack on November 21st and 4-2 in Wenatchee on December 18th. Wenatchee plays at Chilliwack February 17th.
The Chiefs, who are 24-7-3-1 on the season and 8-1-0-1 in their past 10 games, are led in scoring by Jordan Kawaguchi (24g, 21a) with 45 points and Vimal Sukumaran (24g, 19a) with 43 points. Sukumaran has 46 penalty minutes. Goaltender Matteo Esposito is 9-2-0 with a 2.14 goals against average and a .909 saves percentage and 3 shutouts. Aidan Pelino is 15-8-1 with a 2.28 goals against average and a .920 saves percentage with 2 shutouts. Chilliwack is 11th in the league on the power play at 18.3% and 4th in the league on the penalty kill, at 84.6%.
Around the BCHL
Heading into play this weekend, Penticton has the league’s top win percentage; at .875(They have 31 wins and a tie in 36 games this season). Chilliwack is are second at .743, Salmon Arm in third at .676, Nanaimo is fourth at .671, Wenatchee is fifth at 653 and Langley is sixth at .597…. Penticton leads Salmon Arm by 17 points for the Interior Division lead. Nanaimo sits atop the Island Division, 9 points ahead of Powell River…. Chilliwack leads Wenatchee by 5 points in the Mainland Division…. Nanaimo leads the BCHL with 156 goals. Wenatchee is 10th with 122…. The Wild has allowed 83 goals; Penticton has allowed the fewest in the BCHL at 76…. Wenatchee leads the league in average attendance at 2,731. Chilliwack is second at 2,199 and Penticton is third at 2,178
Scott Conway (31g, 38a) of Penticton leads the league in scoring with 69 points. Tyson Jost (24g, 37a) of Penticton has 61 points, Matthew Hoover of Nanaimo (27g, 27a) has 54 points as does teammate Devin Brosseau (17g, 37a) and Matthew Hoover (25g, 22a) of Nanaimo and Colton Kerfoot (17g, 33a) of Coquitlam has 50 points. Anthony Brodeur of Penticton leads the league in goals against average at 2.00, Aiden Pelino of Chilliwack is second at 2.28 and Chase Perry of Wenatchee is third at 2.34. Andrew Shortridge of Vernon has played the most minutes, with 1,732.
Wild by birth year
1995 – Blake Christensen, Joe Drabin, Daniel Nachbaur, Kyle Stephan, Mike Coyne.
1996 – Charlie Combs, Aaron Murray, Tyler Rockwell, Austin Chavez, Brendan Harris, Chase Perry.
1997 – Matt Baker, Colin Burston, August Von Ungern, Dakota Raabe, Troy Conzo, Alex Bates, Logan Milliken.
1998 – Brandon Puricelli, Bryan Yoon, Konsta Jaske, Garrett Nieto.
Mac Carruth has played 16 games this season with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, with a 2.46 goals against average.
Dylan Abood has played 31 career games with Air Force Academy, with 1 goal, 9 assists and 14 penalty minutes.
Justin Bonanno has played 35 career games with St. Olaf College. He has 4 goals, 3 assists and 12 penalty minutes.
Kyle Brodie has played 21 games with Columbus of the SPHL this season, with 2 goals and 5 assists.
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
Saturday: Prince George at Coquitlam; Surrey at Trail; Chilliwack at Wenatchee.
Sunday: Prince George at Langley; Chilliwack at Wenatchee.
Vs. Salmon Arm, January 8th, at Penticton January 13th, vs. Nanaimo January 15th, vs. Merritt January 16th.
(All numbers current as of January 2nd, 2016)
|Prince George Spruce Kings||37||9||26||2||0||20||0||84||164||-80||0.27|
|Powell River Kings||36||20||14||2||0||42||3||126||99||27||0.583|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals||37||18||14||3||2||41||1||129||121||8||0.554|
|Alberni Valley Bulldogs||37||13||20||2||3||30||3||99||142||-43||0.405|
|Salmon Arm Silverbacks||34||21||9||2||2||48||0||145||98||47||0.676|
|West Kelowna Warriors||37||21||14||2||0||44||1||140||129||11||0.595|
|Trail Smoke Eaters||37||17||20||0||0||34||2||112||147||-35||0.459|
Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
Salmon Arm 3, Surrey 1 Salmon Arm at Penticton Nanaimo at Powell River
Penticton 6, Vernon 0 Prince George at Coquitlam Surrey at West Kelowna
Alberni Valley at Cowichan Valley Prince George at Langley
Chilliwack at Wenatchee Chilliwack at Wenatchee
Nanaimo at Powell River
West Kelowna at Merritt
Surrey at Trail
|Uni No.||Player Name||POS||GP||G||A||PTS||PIM||PPG||SHG||GWG||Pt/G|
|8||August Von Ungern||RW||36||12||14||26||6||0||1||2||0.72|
|Uni No.||Player Name||POS||GP||G||A||PTS||PIM||PPG||SHG||GWG||Pt/G|