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WILD POST SHUTOUT WIN OVER LANGLEY AT SHOWCASE

PHOTO: Seth Eisele (pictured) and the Wild posted a 4-0 shutout victory over Langley on Sunday morning. CREDIT: Garrett James Photography

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild concluded their stay at the Bauer BCHL Showcase Tournament with a solid 4-0 win over the Langley Rivermen on Sunday morning at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, BC, Canada.

The Rivermen had last played on Thursday at the event, where they engineered a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Merritt Centennials. The Wild played to a 3-3 tie on Saturday afternoon against Nanaimo, and the 10:00 am faceoff came early for both teams, and fans alike. Wenatchee enjoyed three first period power plays but were unable to get on the scoreboard in the opening period. In the second period, Jasper Weatherby stepped out of the penalty box after serving his two-minute interference minor, picked off an attempted Langley clearing attempt and carried it down the right wing, around behind the net, then reversed course and passed to Lukas Svejkovsky who lifted it into the net at the glove side post at 8:45 for the 1-0 lead. Cooper Zech followed suit by scoring his first goal of the season on a power play at 17:37, a snappy wrister from the right circle assisted by Svejkovsky and Noah Kim. Wenatchee led 2-0 after 2. In the final frame, another power play chance was converted as Svejkovsky tipped a Zech shot from the blue line, sending it past Braedon Fleming for a 3-0 lead. Sam Morton took a dish from Lucas Sowder in the right wing corner and slipped it up under the crossbar for the final 4-0 margin. Noah Kim posted his third assist of the night on the play. Seth Eisele stopped 26 Langley shots to earn the shutout for the Wild.

Wenatchee (3-1-0-1) heads home to meet the Cowichan Valley Capitals (1-4-0-0) on Friday Sept. 29 at 7:05 pm. 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.