(PHOTO: Cade Littler and the Wild posted their second 3-2 win in a row on Friday. CREDIT: Russ Alman / wildhockeyphotos.com)
THE BUCKS STOP HERE IN WENATCHEE AS WILD SWEEP
The Wenatchee Wild (10-11-5) hit the ice on Friday night in a rematch against the Cranbrook Bucks (17-12-2) at Town Toyota Center. The Wild never trailed in Thursday’s game, posting a 3-2 win. It was the second of eight scheduled between the clubs this season.
The first period was brisk, as it was the night before, but a bit more spirited with a total of six penalties called. Cranbrook outshot Wenatchee 13-8 but the game was scoreless through 20 minutes.
The Wild collected the first goal as Parker Murray earned his first point in his second game since joining the club, assisted by Ean Somoza and Brasen Boser at 2:20. Garrett Szydlowski ripped a wrister from the right circle on a power play, assisted by Brasen Boser and Brett Oberle and the Wild led 2-0 at the 3:45 mark. Over the following :56 seconds, the Bucks scored twice to pull even at 2 apiece, a score that stood at the end of the second period.
Wenatchee reclaimed the lead at 3:35 of the third when Quinn Emerson whistled a shot from the high slot past the Bucks netminder, assisted by David Hejduk and Cade Littler. The Wild took two penalties in the third including one with 2:27 left in the game, but were able to hold off a furious Cranbrook rush to secure the 3-2 win and the weekend sweep.
After the game, Wild Head Coach Chris Clark remarked, “Tonight was a strong finish to a hard fought weekend. Our special teams got the job done when needed, and the guys played a strong third period to close it out. We’ll enjoy this one for about an hour and then prepare for tomorrow night in West Kelowna.”
The Wild (11-11-5) now load the bus and head north to face West Kelowna (20-12-0) at Royal LePage Place on Saturday night at 7 pm. Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca
Next week the Wild are home for three games against the Penticton Vees on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
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