As December arrives, this weekend the Wenatchee Wild will travel to face both the last place team in the division and the first place team. It starts Friday night at Merritt (0-13-1, 9th Place Interior Conference) followed on Saturday night in Penticton (14-2-0. 1st Place Interior Conference). Live video coverage will be available on bchltv.com with live radio coverage on NewsRadio 560 KPQ.
Wenatchee (3-9-4, 8th place Interior Conf.) is led in scoring by Ean Somoza (4g, 10a), Cade Littler (5g, 8a), and Owen Bohn (8g, 3a). Goaltending duties are shared by Tyler Shea and Andy Vlaha. Merritt is led in scoring by Jerzy Orchard (5g, 5a), while Penticton’s top scorer is Luc Wilson (11g, 13a).
MERRITT: It’s been tough sledding for the Centennials, who are still looking for their first win. The entire town was evacuated last month due to historic flooding, adding to the challenges. Friday will be the 23rd meeting all-time, with the Wild holding a 12-8-2 edge. Wenatchee is 6-4-1 both at home, and on the road at Merritt’s Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. It’s been over two years since the Wild visited Merritt, dating back to Nov.23, 2019. The teams have squared off once in the postseason, with the Wild sweeping the Round 1 matchup en route to the Fred Page Cup championship.
PENTICTON: At the other end of the spectrum, the first place Penticton Vees have cruised through the first 16 games, sporting a 14-2-0 record. This is the 25th meeting all-time, even up at 10-10-4. The Wild are 3-7-2 all-time at the South Okanagan Event Centre. They last met on Opening Night across the BCHL, with the Vees posting a 3-2 overtime win.
|Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|PEN 27.2% 5th||PEN 84.1% 4th|
|WEN 25.5% 7th||WEN 73.5 12th|
|MER 11.4% 18th||MER 70.5% 15th|
Friday’s game in Merritt starts at 7:05, and Saturday’s faceoff in Penticton is at 6 pm. Again, live video coverage will be available on bchltv.com with live radio coverage on NewsRadio 560 KPQ.
Wenatchee next returns home Dec. 16-18 for a three game set with Merritt. Tickets available now, and ask about group discounts! Call 888-7825 or visit WenatcheeWildHockey.com
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