PHOTO: Jasper Weatherby is all smiles after a natural hat trick, five point night, and big team win. CREDIT: Russ Alman, Digital Media Northwest
by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild scored :21 seconds into the game Friday night and never looked back as they rolled to an 11-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals at Town Toyota Center with 2,493 fans in attendance.
It was Lucas Sowder who extended his point streak to 6 games when he buried a pass from Murphy Stratton in the opening minute for a 1-0 lead. At 3:58, Lukas Svejkovsky tipped a Noah Kim shot upstairs for a 2-0 lead, and Chad Sasaki snapped home a crisp crossing pass from Svejkovsky on the power play at 7:26 and Wenatchee led 3-0 before the midway point of the first. The Capitals scored their lone goal when Darwin Lakoduk was able to tip a loose rebound past the outstretched glove of a sprawling Seth Eisele and it was a 3-1 game after 20 minutes, with the Wild outshooting the Capitals 14-4.
In the second period, Jasper Weatherby took over, with a natural hat trick propelling the Wild to a 6-1 lead. It was the thirtieth hat trick in team history, and the fifth natural hat trick. At 3:52 he nailed the first, set up by a slick feed from Cooper Zech. A power play goal followed at 9:02, fed in the slot by Lukas Svejkovsky. Then at 14:55 of the second, just seconds after a Wild power play expired, Chad Sasaki fed the puck down the right wing boards where Weatherby took it to the front of the net. His shot was denied by Capital goalie Adam Marcoux, and Jack Lippis had a swat at it but Weatherby stayed on it, and punched it home for the 6-1 lead and the hat trick. Svejkovsky netted his second of the night and fourth of the year at 16:05, whipping a glove side high shot from the left circle, and Sam Morton scored :16 seconds later to make it 8-1. Just over a minute later, Murphy Stratton backhanded a power play goal assisted by Weatherby and Slava Demin, helping Stratton close out a five-point night. Wenatchee held a shots-on-goal advantage of 38-7 after two periods.
At 2:20 of the third period, Lucas Sowder nicked home a Cooper Zech shot to hit double digits, and in the final minute Josh Arnold set up Nathan Iannone for his first goal of the year, coming on a power play for the final 11-1 margin. Final shots favored the Wild, 54-13. Wenatchee collected 5 power play goals on 11 chances, held the league’s top power play off the scoresheet in three tries.
Wenatchee (4-1-0-1) takes to the road next weekend to face Chilliwack Friday, Powell River Saturday, and Cowichan Valley Sunday. 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.