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Littler Scores Twice, Including Overtime Winner, As Wild Win 6-5 Saturday

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WENATCHEE, Wash. – As the lead changes and ties mounted in Saturday’s Wenatchee Wild matchup against the Prince George Spruce Kings, Wild forward Cade Littler (East Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee Wild) decided it was time to go home and call it a year.

Littler’s second goal of the night, a snap from the right wing with 33.6 seconds remaining in overtime, finished 2022 for the Wild on a high note as Wenatchee walked off the ice a 6-5 winner over the Prince George Spruce Kings in front of 2,569 fans at Town Toyota Center. The win snapped a three-game losing skid in Wenatchee’s head-to-head series against the Spruce Kings, after a game that featured four ties and a pair of lead changes.

The game got off to as hot a start as the hosts could have hoped, with Parker Murray (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Wenatchee Wild) posting goals on back-to-back shifts to give Wenatchee a 2-0 lead just 2:13 into the contest. His shot from the left-wing boards, just above the hash marks, was the first of the game and put the Wild in front first just 39 seconds into the contest. A give-and-go with Garrett Szydlowski (Brighton, Mich./Wenatchee Wild) made it a 2-0 game.

However, the Spruce Kings erased the lead before the teams headed off the ice for the intermission. Austin Fraser skipped in a point-blank chance to halve the lead 6:30 into the game, and Charlie Banquier took advantage of a slow-developing 2-on-1 to tie the game with 3:37 remaining in the period.

Prince George took its first lead 4:07 out of the break, when Jake Schneider scored from the bottom corner of the right-wing circle to put his team ahead, 3-2. The goal sent starting Wild goaltender Andy Vlaha (Snohomish, Wash./Wenatchee Wild) to the bench after making 17 saves, but the decision would quickly end up in reliever Owen Millward’s (Davis, Calif./Janesville Jets) hands, after a tying backdoor tap-in from Szydlowski with 7:34 left in the period.

Each team earned a lead in the third period, starting with a go-ahead marker from Scott Cousins at the 7:41 mark, putting the Spruce Kings back in front by a 4-3 margin. Wenatchee tied the game with 20 seconds left on a power play following an interference call against Prince George’s Amran Bhabra, as Littler fired a shot from the left wing that beat Jordan Fairlie with 9:36 remaining.

Ean Somoza’s (Simi Valley, Calif./Wenatchee Wild) goal 70 seconds later, roofing one past Fairlie after driving down the left-wing boards, held up for just over three minutes – Fraser returned to the scoring column, putting away a goal on the run with 5:06 remaining to tie the game at 5-5. The teams nearly played to the brink in the overtime period – Prince George posted four shots on net, but Littler’s 2-on-1 chance was Wenatchee’s only shot of the extra session.

Murray held on as the leading goal-scorer of the year thus far for the Wild, posting two goals and two assists, while Szydlowski notched a goal and two helpers in the game. Littler, Somoza and David Hejduk (Parker, Colo./Wenatchee Wild) also picked up multi-point games for the Wild. Fraser’s two goals highlighted the effort for the Spruce Kings.

The win moved Wenatchee to 13-15-1-2 and also extended Wenatchee’s home point streak to 11 games, its longest since the 2016-17 season, when the team went unbeaten in regulation on home ice. Prince George slipped to 16-11-2-1 with the loss. The Wild head back on the road on Friday with a visit to the Powell River Kings – the opening puck drop is slated for 7 p.m., with live coverage on Newsradio 560 KPQ and BCHL TV.

Wenatchee returns to home ice Wednesday, January 11 for a matchup against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. To purchase tickets to that game or any upcoming home game, call 509-888-7825 or click here. Updated news and information on Wild hockey are always available at and on the team’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Prince George 2 1 2 0 – 5
Wenatchee 2 1 2 1 – 6

1st Period-1, Wenatchee, Murray 15 (Szydlowski, Hejduk), 0:39. 2, Wenatchee, Murray 16 (Szydlowski, Marshall), 2:13. 3, Prince George, Fraser 7 (Primerano), 6:30. 4, Prince George, Banquier 5 (McGregor-Bennett, Greaves), 17:23. Penalties-Banquier Pg (interference), 15:12; Gasparini Wen (hooking), 18:12.

2nd Period-5, Prince George, Schneider 11 (Cousins, Kurrle), 4:07. 6, Wenatchee, Szydlowski 4 (Somoza, Murray), 12:26. Penalties-McGregor-Bennett Pg (tripping), 0:10; Banquier Pg (tripping), 17:52.

3rd Period-7, Prince George, Cousins 2 (Greaves), 7:41. 8, Wenatchee, Littler 14 (Berger, Hejduk), 10:24 (PP). 9, Wenatchee, Somoza 10 (Westen, Murray), 11:34. 10, Prince George, Fraser 8 (Primerano, Gagno), 14:54. Penalties-Fraser Pg (hooking), 2:21; Bhabra Pg (interference), 8:44.

1st OT Period-11, Wenatchee, Littler 15   4:27. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Prince George 18-6-6-4-34. Wenatchee 15-15-16-1-47.
Power Play Opportunities-Prince George 0 / 1; Wenatchee 1 / 5.
Goalies-Prince George, Fairlie 15-6-1-1 (47 shots-41 saves). Wenatchee, Vlaha 5-8-0-1 (20 shots-17 saves); Millward 8-7-1-1 (14 shots-12 saves).
Referees-Kacey Walker (83), Wyman Flynn (51).
Linesmen-Chris Hastings (132), Thomas Williams (125).