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by Arch Ecker
Playing in their third game in a span of 48 hours, the Wenatchee Wild saw their modest four game win streak come to an end with a 3-2 overtime loss in Surrey, BC on Sunday afternoon against the Surrey Eagles. Still, taking five of six possible points on the weekend moves Wenatchee into third place in the Interior Division.
Wenatchee got off to a good start in the opening minute when Josh Arnold picked off a Surrey breakout pass, then dropped it off for Murphy Stratton who snapped it high on the glove side for a 1-0 Wild lead. At 7:20, Chad Sasaki blasted a power play goal from the right circle, one-timing a crossing pass from Stratton, also assisted by AJ Vanderbeck. Wenatchee outshot Surrey 15-7 in the opening frame and led 2-0. Surrey cut into the lead early in the second as Ty Westgard snapped a quick shot sent from below the goal line, and the Eagles kept up the pressure but the Wild still led 2-1 after 40 minutes. Both teams had some great looks and the goaltenders kept pace until a breakaway chance for the Eagles’ John Wesley tied the game at 2-2 at 7:01 of the third, and again, some strong goaltending was on display at both ends to send the game to overtime, where the Eagles completed the comeback on a Jeffrey Stewart goal, a low hard shot with 9 seconds left in the first overtime session. For the first time in 16 games all time, Surrey outshot Wenatchee, and it was by a single shot, the game winner. Austin Park went the distance with 33 saves. Now with 32 points on the year, Wenatchee moves up into third place, 6 points behind Vernon but with two games in hand.
Wenatchee (15-7-1-1) heads home for big three game homestand beginning Wednesday at 6:30 pm against the second place Vernon Vipers (17-5-0-4). It’s Buck-A-Beer & Dollar Dogs & Pop Night, presented by the Wenatchee World. Group ticket packages are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825.
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