The Wenatchee Wild faced the team who they went toe to toe with last year in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Despite leading most of the game, the Wild dropped their second straight, losing 6-4
In the first period, David Hejduk tallied his first goal of the season and he sent a shot from the left point of the blue line and Salmon Arm goalie Matthew Tovell let it go through his legs. Ean Somoza and Luke Weilandt picked up their first assists of the season.
The second period saw the Wild retake the lead at 5:17 as Luke Weilandt stole the puck in the Silverbacks zone and fed a pass to Jason Stefanek, who buried a nice wrist shot in the right face off zone past Tovell for his first goal of the season. Then at 6:53, a shot at the left point by Christian Kim was tipped in front by Gabe Dombrowski for his second goal of the season, giving the Wild a 3-1 lead.
The third period saw Salmon Arm tie the game on a shorthanded goal. Wenatchee was able to retake the lead 4-3 at 4:29, when Gabe Dombrowski scored on a one time pass from Cade Littler just as the power play expired for the Wild. Unfortunately, the Silverbacks tied the game at 10:23, and took the lead for good on their only power play goal of the night at 16:30. Salmon Arm added an empty net goal at 18:31.
Owen Milward made 27 of 32 saves, and his record drops to 0-2-1 on the season. The Wild are now 0-2-0-1. The Wild continue their season on the road next week with games against Trail on Friday at 7:00 PM PDT and Cranbrook on Saturday at 6 PM PDT. You can listen to the games on News Radio 560 KPQ and watch the games thru bchltv.ca