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Game Notes January 2nd & 3rd VS. Chilliwack Chiefs

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

League Leaders

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.

Alumni Report

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.

Got tickets?

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.

Coming up:

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)

 BCHL STANDINGS

Mainland GP W L OTL T PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT.
Chilliwack Chiefs 35 24 7 3 1 52 1 140 81 59 0.743
Wenatchee Wild 36 21 10 2 3 47 1 122 83 39 0.653
Langley Rivermen 36 21 14 0 1 43 2 138 110 28 0.597
Coquitlam Express 37 15 17 4 1 35 4 121 147 -26 0.473
Prince George Spruce Kings 37 9 26 2 0 20 0 84 164 -80 0.27
Surrey Eagles 34 5 28 0 1 11 1 85 178 -93 0.162
Island GP W L OTL T PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT.
Nanaimo Clippers 38 25 12 1 0 51 3 156 120 36 0.671
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
Victoria Grizzlies 38 14 20 4 0 32 1 102 112 -10 0.421
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 37 13 20 2 3 30 3 99 142 -43 0.405
Interior GP W L OTL T PTS OTW GF GA DIFF PCT.
Penticton Vees 37 32 4 0 1 65 7 156 76 80 0.878
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
Vernon Vipers 40 16 21 3 0 35 2 123 137 -14 0.438
Trail Smoke Eaters 37 17 20 0 0 34 2 112 147 -35 0.459
Merritt Centennials 38 13 23 2 0 28 0 131 165 -34 0.368

 

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

Wenatchee Wild

Uni No. Player Name POS GP G A PTS PIM PPG SHG GWG Pt/G
4 Matt Baker C 33 6 8 14 10 3 0 0 0.42
5 Aaron Murray D 30 1 5 6 24 0 0 0 0.2
6 Blake Christensen LW 31 11 9 20 20 5 0 1 0.65
7 Tyler Rockwell D 23 6 7 13 14 3 0 2 0.57
8 August Von Ungern RW 36 12 14 26 6 0 1 2 0.72
9 Brandon Puricelli RW 34 3 4 7 17 0 0 0 0.29
11 Joseph Drabin RW 36 12 12 24 12 2 0 2 0.67
12 Dakota Raabe LW 36 12 12 24 16 4 0 2 0.67
14 Daniel Nachbaur LW 11 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0.18
15 Troy Conzo RW 36 8 14 22 8 1 0 1 0.61
16 Kyle Stephan RW 36 12 17 29 33 4 1 3 0.81
17 Bryan Yoon D 35 3 12 15 18 1 0 1 0.43
18 Konsta Jaske D 5 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0.4
19 Mike Coyne C 36 9 23 32 20 3 0 2 0.89
20 Charlie Combs RW 7 3 1 4 6 1 0 1 0.57
21 Colin Burston LW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Austin Chavez D 31 1 6 7 31 0 0 0 0.23
23 Brendan Harris C 36 8 27 35 18 3 1 1 0.97
25 Alex Bates D 32 2 7 9 17 0 0 0 0.28
27 Logan Milliken D 33 6 14 20 34 1 0 2 0.61
Uni No. Goalie GP W L OTL T SA GA GAA SV% SO Min
31 Garrett Nieto 8 5 2 0 1 204 15 1.85 0.926 1 487
35 Chase Perry 29 16 10 0 2 673 67 2.34 0.9 4 1720

 Chilliwack Chiefs

Uni No. Player Name POS GP G A PTS PIM PPG SHG GWG Pt/G
2 Zach Giuttari D 33 4 6 10 10 1 0 0 0.3
4 Mark Esposito D 33 5 11 16 34 1 0 1 0.48
5 Olivier Arseneau D 31 2 6 8 30 1 0 1 0.26
6 Ryan Roseboom LW 26 6 5 11 19 1 0 0 0.42
7 Darien Craighead RW 30 13 27 40 6 2 0 3 1.33
9 Jesse Lansdell C 35 11 16 27 40 3 0 0 0.77
10 Jeremy Germain C 33 5 12 17 14 0 0 1 0.52
11 Vimal Sukumaran LW 30 24 19 43 46 4 3 7 1.43
12 Brendan Shane F 19 2 1 3 12 0 0 0 0.16
14 Jake Smith LW 34 4 9 13 12 1 0 0 0.38
16 Kale Kane RW 33 8 15 23 42 1 1 2 0.7
17 Linden Hora RW 34 3 4 7 40 0 0 1 0.21
18 Aaron O’Neill C 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0.25
19 Eric Benshadle RW 31 2 12 14 12 0 1 0 0.45
20 Mitch Skapski LW 30 5 8 13 29 0 0 1 0.43
21 Kohen Olischefski C 34 8 18 26 10 0 0 1 0.76
22 Connor McCarthy D 34 4 8 12 20 0 0 1 0.35
24 Nolan Zweep D 13 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0.08
25 Austin Adam D 33 3 13 16 18 0 0 1 0.48
27 Dennis Chowlowski D 27 5 15 20 8 2 0 0 0.74
28 Jordan Kawaguchi LW 34 24 21 45 145 5 0 4 1.32
Uni No. Goalie GP W L OTL T SA GA GAA SV% SO Min
30 Matteo Esposito 13 9 2 0 0 263 24 2.14 0.909 3 671
35 Aidan Pelino 25 15 8 0 1 685 55 2.28 0.92 2 1446