PHOTO: The Wild defending the slot in front of goalie Daniel Chenard on Friday night.
CREDIT: Alicia Baas Photography
The Wenatchee Wild strung together a solid 60 minutes of hockey on Friday night to earn a 4-1 win over the Powell River Kings at Hap Parker Arena in Powell River, BC, Canada. It was the first win for the Wild in five visits to Powell River since entering the BCHL in 2015.
The pace was up-tempo in the opening period with both sides moving the puck well, though Wenatchee seemed to have the upper hand. That was reflected on the scoreboard when Brett Chorske picked the top corner on the glove side for a 1-0 lead. Chorske originated the rush with a chip to Jack Bayless who raced up the left wing, gained the zone and flicked it ahead for Chorske who buried it in stride at the 17:38 mark. In the waning moments of the period, the Wild doubled their lead. Ethan Wolthers was battling for the puck in the right wing corner where it popped loose and Quinn Emerson controlled it, then attempted a stick side wraparound that got denied but Nico Chmelevski was there to punch it over the blocker and the Wild led 2-0 after one period.
Wenatchee cashed in on a beautifully executed zone entry early in the second period. Jack Bayless raced in on the left wing and dished to Brett Chorske heading right up the middle. Chorske made a nifty move that spun the defender around, then dished to his right where Matt Dorsey buried it by snapping it home off the pass for a 3-0 Wild edge that stood after two.
Midway through the final period, Powell River was able to get on the scoreboard, catching the Wild in a line change and allowing Jacob Slipec to wrist one past Daniel Chenard. Wenatchee got it back on a power play goal by Sam Morton on a wrister from the right circle, assisted by Drew Bavaro and Matt Dorsey for the final 4-1 margin. Chenard turned aside 26 Kings shots for the win.
Wenatchee (21-17-4) wraps up the weekend Island road trip on Sunday in Nanaimo (26-12-4) at 2 pm. The game will be broadcast and streamed online with SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk, with the Pregame Show airing at 1:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Our Watch Party will be at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in East Wenatchee.