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GAME RECAP – Sat Dec 11, 2021

WILD CRUISE TO 7-1 ROAD WIN IN MERRITT

The Wenatchee Wild (3-10-5) returned to Merritt, BC to face the Centennials (1-16-1) at Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on Saturday, where Merritt recorded their first win of the season eight days prior, a 4-3 overtime stunner over the Wild.

The Wild looked sharp in the opening period. Wenatchee took a 1-0 lead during a 5 minute major power play. The goal came at the 12:22 mark as Garrett Szydlowski danced through traffic to the right circle where he rifled a wrister high on the glove side, assisted by Brett Oberle and Owen Bohn. The Wild lead was doubled at 17:47 as Ean Somoza redirected a David Hejduk shot from the right point with Owen Bohn nabbing his second assist of the night. Wenatchee outshot the home team 17-7 in the first twenty minutes.

Wenatchee special teams showed up big in the second period. Landon Parker shoveled home the rebound of an Owen Bohn shot that came back off the end board on the power play at 4:13. Ean Somoza earned the secondary assist. The Wild penalty killers joined in to push the lead to 4-0 at 12:03. Owen Bohn drove up the left wing on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break and his shot rebounded to the right-wing side where Quinn Emerson snapped it home from a steep angle. The Ivey brothers combined for a quick strike about two minutes later. Jack Ivey pushed the offensive zone right wing circle faceoff slightly forward and slid it to his twin brother Ben Ivey who promptly deposited the puck into the net for 5-0 lead. Merritt broke through late in the period with an even strength goal to make it a 5-1 game heading into the second intermission. Merritt did outshoot the Wild 13-11 in the middle frame.

The red-hot Wenatchee power play struck twice more in the third period. Four minutes in, some crisp power play passing from Cade Stibbe and Garrett Szydlowski set up Brasen Boser for his first BCHL goal, one-timing a low pass across the top of the crease to the right side of the net. Late in the period, David Hejduk netted his first BCHL goal as well, a right point shot assisted by Connor Overson and Cade Stibbe. Wenatchee held Merritt to just 5 shots on goal in the third period for 40-25 advantage on the night. 24 saves for Tyler Shea earned him the win in net. Owen Bohn posted an assist on each of Wenatchee’s first four goals.

Following the win, Wild Head Coach Chris Clark said, “I’m proud of the guys for putting together a full sixty minute effort. We had contributions from the entire lineup, including 7 different goal scorers. Obviously our special teams played a big role tonight.” Clark, a former BCHL and NCAA Div I goalie himself, added, “Tyler (Shea) made some big saves when called upon as well.

The Wild (4-10-5) conclude the weekend road swing on Sunday afternoon as they visit the West Kelowna Warriors (15-8-0) at 2:30 pm. Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca

The Wild return home to Town Toyota Center Dec 16-18 for a three-game slate with Merritt.

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