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PHOTO: Cooper Zech (7) helps Lucas Sowder (11) celebrates his game winning overtime goal. (CREDIT: HockeyTV screen capture).

by Arch Ecker

Hockey can be a game of momentum, and it swung Wenatchee’s way to close out the game as Lucas Sowder collected his second goal of the night in double overtime for a 3-2 road win for the Wild in Trail, BC on Friday night.

Wenatchee came out with a good start in Friday’s game but the momentum shifted as Trail ramped up the pressure, outshooting Wenatchee 14-6 and getting on the board on a Ross Armour deflection at 11:04. Midway through the second period, the Wild had regained their groove and Lucas Sowder rifled a blocker side goal following a nice pass from Josh Arnold at 9:54. Less than 90 seconds later, with the Wild on the power play, Chad Sasaki followed his own rebound for a top shelf finish assisted by Jasper Weatherby and AJ Vanderbeck at 11:17 and the Wild led 2-1 after two, outshooting the Smoke Eaters 13-10 in the frame. Wenatchee had clearly seized the momentum but with a delayed penalty pending against the Wild, Ross Armour struck again to tie the game at 2-2 at 4:43 of the third period, and the game ended up going into a first, then a second overtime. Fans were treated to end to end chances for six and a half minutes until Lucas Sowder carried a feed from Cooper Zech into the zone where he drilled it high blocker side past Brandon Wells at 1:34 of the second overtime to secure the 3-2 win. Jacob Acton was strong in net in his first start, turning aside 35 Trail shots for the win.

Wenatchee (2-0-0) heads home for their Home Opener Saturday night at 7:05 pm against the Vernon Vipers (3-0-0) and a pregame tailgate party is planned starting at 5:00 with live music by Slingshot, a beer garden, along with fun and games.

Season ticket packages remain on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825. Single game tickets and group packages are also available now. Fan bus trips are also now on sale, with the first one heading to the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack on Sept 23-24. The Showcase trip has a deadline of Monday Sep. 18 to sign up.

The Wenatchee Wild are celebrating their tenth season in the Valley. Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (, Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website ( Listen to every game on KCSY – Sunny FM 93.9. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device.