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PHOTO: Brian Adams (7) celebrates the first of his three goals Friday night in Wenatchee. The Wild defeated the Vernon Vipers, 5-2
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

Wenatchee Wild forward Matt Gosiewski (pronounced guh-SHEF-ski) is known around the locker room as “Goose”, a far less cumbersome moniker particularly when first meeting. In the final game before the holiday break, the “Christmas Goose” racked up five assists, including on all three of Brian Adams goals as the Wild downed the Vernon Vipers 5-2 on Saturday night at Town Toyota Center.

The Wild took the ice with an inspired effort, and the payoff was a 2-0 first period lead. The first goal came at 2:41 as Nathan Iannone flung home a wrister from the slot, set up by a hard-working Gosiewski forecheck. Gosiewski then set up Brian Adams who powered out of the right wing corner to slide the puck around and behind the Viper goalie. Vernon got on the board in the second period on Tyler Ho’s first goal of the season, following a nice setup from Ben Helgeson. But before the period ended, Wenatchee led by two once again when Adams tossed a pass up to Chad Sasaki from down low, which the third year blueliner wired home for his tenth goal of the year, equaling the total of his first two years combined. Adams, who had an apparent goal waved off the night before, made up for it, scoring his second of the night 1:28 into the third period, and adding one more at 3:44 for good measure and a hat trick, both goals with assists credited to Matt Gosiewski. It was the first hat trick for a Wenatchee player since Sam Morton earned one on the road at Alberni Valley last season. The Vipers scored a power play goal with less than five minutes to play, buried by Josh Latta but Wenatchee cruised to the eventual 5-2 victory behind an 18-save night for Austin Park who looked sharp on a number of key stops. Adams (3g, 1a) and Gosiewski (0g, 5a) combined for 9 points, with Iannone (1g, 1a) rounding out the line for a 11-point night.

Wenatchee (23-12-2) now heads into the Christmas break, tied with Merritt (48 pts) for second place, and three points behind Penticton (51 pts), but with a game in hand on both teams. League play for the Wild resumes January 4 with a trip to Powell River to face the Kings. The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Show starting at 6:45 pm.