PHOTO: The Wild rolled to an 8-0 win in their first game back from the holiday break.
CREDIT: Russ Alam / Digital Media Northwest
Returning to action following the Christmas break, the Wenatchee Wild showed no signs of a “holiday hangover” as they steamrolled their way to a resounding 8-0 win over the visiting Victoria Grizzlies on Friday night at Town Toyota Center with over 2,300 in attendance.
The Wild broke the ice in the first period when Luke Ormsby scored in his first game from injury, snapping home a Sam Morton pass from the right corner. It was 1-0 Wenatchee at the intermission, but the second period saw the Wild erupt with a five-goal outburst that prompted not just one but two Victoria goalie swaps.
Nick Cafarelli made it 2-0 when he finished off a smooth dish from Tyler Young. Drew Bavaro scored on a shot from the right point that hit goalie Blake Woods’ glove and trickled in, bringing Joe Howe on in relief. Midway through the period, Wenatchee scored three goals in a 1:31 span to trigger another Grizzly goalie swap. Howe’s zone clear attempt at 10:36 was held in by Noah Lugli and wired into the net for a 4-0 lead. At 11:18 Luke Ormsby fed Drake Usher in the high slot and it was 5-0. Then at 12:07, Tyler Young jumped on a loose puck at the side of the net, steered it into the crease and it found its way in for a 6-0 lead, bringing Blake Wood back into the game.
In the final period, Ethan Wolthers turned on the jets and lifted a high shot on the glove side off the post and in for a 7-0 advantage at 10:46, and Brett Chorske smacked home a 5-on-3 power play goal at 16:01 for the final 8-0 margin. Daniel Chenard collected his second shutout of the season, both against Victoria. This one was a 23-save performance.
Wenatchee (20-16-4) heads out on the road for a Sunday matinee at Vernon (20-16-2). The game will be broadcast and streamed online with SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk, with the Pregame Show airing at 1:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.