PHOTO: Aidan Carney (16) wires a shot on goalie Andy Vlaha as Connor Jensen (25) defends. Cade Littler (15) is positioned for a rebound. CREDIT: Morgan De Korte
For one final weekend, the Wenatchee Wild made the trek to the Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d’Alene, ID for a pair of intrasquad scrimmages. The Wild players were once again joined by six WHL players and four players from the Development Teams rosters. Players traveled by team bus across I-90 and back twice over the weekend, but the travel didn’t deter from some brisk paced competition.
Friday’s game was highlighted by a breakout performance from Carter Cloutier, whose hat trick powered Team White to a 5-2 win, while Team Blue saw both goals scored by Jaden Lipinski.
Saturday saw another hat trick, this one crafted by Team Blue’s Tyler McNeil following Cloutier, Bear Hughes (Spokane, WHL) and Jack Lambert (Everett, WHL) as there were hat tricks in four consecutive scrimmages. Cade Littler scored twice and had two assists in a losing effort for Team White, the final score reading 7-4 after a late flurry by Team Blue to pull away from a 4-4 tie.
Bear Hughes led all skaters over the six scrimmage run with 8 points (5g, 3a), followed by Cade Littler with 7 points (2g, 5a), Erik Atchison (Spokane, WHL) and Owen Bohn with 6 points each, with an identical 3 goals and 3 assists.
The next steps for the Wild are contingent on a number of external factors. One thing is known for sure, and that is the Wild organization remains steadfastly committed to providing the best possible environment for our players to grow. While many aspects are out of the franchises control, every preparation is being made to hit the ground running when it is safe to do so.