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GAME RECAP – Sun Dec 12, 2021

WILD SKATE TO 4-1 WIN IN WEST KELOWNA

The Wenatchee Wild (4-10-5) visited West Kelowna, BC to meet the Warriors (15-8-0) at Royal LePage Place on Sunday afternoon. It was the third meeting of the year between the clubs, with the Warriors winning both games in Wenatchee. Both teams were coming off Saturday night road wins, the Wild 7-1 winners at Merritt and the Warriors 4-3 in Vernon.

Wenatchee’s special teams continued their hot streak, with both a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the first period as they built a 3-0 lead. The first goal was a highlight reel goal, set up by Quinn Emerson who slung a slick pass to Mario Gasparini in the right circle. Gasparini dangled into the high slot and wired the shot home for a 1-0 Wild lead at 10:28. David Hejduk picked up the secondary assist. Landon Parker gave the Wild a huge boost with his unassisted shorthanded goal on a breakaway at 14:15. The Wenatchee power play cashed in on their lone opportunity of the period, with Brasen Boser driving home a one-timer blast from the right circle at 18:59, assisted by Garrett Szydlowski and Hunter Hastings. The Wild outshot West Kelowna 13-10 in the first period, going 3/3 on the penalty kill and 1/1 on the power play.

The Wild added to their lead at 3:06 of the second with another power play tally, this time Garrett Szydlowski drifting to his right to snap home a juicy rebound, assists going to Brasen Boser and Cade Stibbe. West Kelowna finally broke through at 12:19 to make it a 4-1 game, and that’s where it stood at the end of the second period. The Wild had again outshot their opponent, 14-9.

In the final period, Wenatchee again held serve, outshooting West Kelowna 16-8. Neither side was able to hit the back of the net and the Wild won their second game in a row by a final score of 4-1. Tyler Shea denied 26 of 27 shots to cap off a stellar weekend with two road wins, stopped 50 of 52 shots (.962 save pct.) and posted a stingy 1.00 GAA on the trip.

Preparing for the bus ride home, Wild Head Coach Chris Clark commented, “Tonight was another night where everyone contributed. Our special teams were solid, and Tyler (Shea) stood tall in net. I’m really proud of how our guys executed.”

The Wild (5-10-5) return home to Town Toyota Center Dec 16-18 for a three-game slate with Merritt (1-17-1). Thursday the Wild will honor local youth organizations during “Night of Champions”, sponsored by Clearwater Casino. Friday is our annual Teddy Bear Toss game, sponsored by Fred Meyer and Office Depot. It’s also Daddy Daughter Night, and every daughter gets a free ticket when Dad buys one. Plus, it’s another Fathead Friday where oversized player headshots are proudly displayed by fans across the arena. One more thing:  Santa will be there to spread cheer and help with a food drive. The weekend series ends on Saturday with Ugly Sweater Night sponsored by Dick’s Heating and Air. Fans will have a chance at part of a $500 cash prize! Our Giving Tree will be on the concourse all weekend to benefit people in our community who need a hand during the holidays. Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca

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