PHOTO: Celebrating his 18th birthday, Hunter Hastings (17) scored the game winning goal Friday.
CREDIT: Damon James Photography
Wenatchee traded goals with the Surrey Eagles until the midway point of the third period on Friday night before pulling ahead for the eventual 4-2 win at South Surrey Arena. The win bumps the Wild win streak to three games.
The Wild had strong pressure in the first period and generated multiple chances, finally taking the lead at 6:01 of the opening frame. Nico Chmelevski sent a lead pass to Harrison Scott who made a nice move to receive the pass and spin to gain position behind the defender. His partial breakaway was kicked aside but Scott pursued the rebound and got it out to the left circle where Ethan Wolthers snapped it high blocker side for his fourth of the year. Surrey had a couple of quality chances that Daniel Chenard expertly turned aside, but late in the first a 2-on-1 Eagle rush led to a goal by Kenny Riddett that sent the teams to the intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
The Wild caught a break in the second period. On a power play, Luke Ormsby intended to zip a pass across from the left across to a waiting Tanner Main, but an Eagle defenseman attempting to break up the pass inadvertently tipped it past his goalie and the Wild led 2-1 heading into the break.
Surrey caught a similar break in the opening minute of the third. Hudson Schandor tossed the puck into the Wild crease from below the goal line and it ricocheted off two players into the net to knot the score at 2-2. Wenatchee took the lead for good when Hunter Hastings, celebrating his 18th birthday, snapped a low shot from the top of the left circle that slipped through at 4:02. Matt Dorsey added an insurance tally with a nice deke to cap off a sharp give-and-go with Sam Morton for the final 4-2 margin. Daniel Chenard finished the night with 25 saves for the win.
Wenatchee (26-22-4) concludes their three game Mainland road swing at Langley (20-24-4) Saturday at 7:15p. The game will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Show airing at 7:00 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Away Game Watch Party is at Bob’s Burgers and Brew.
Wild playoff ticket packages and Banquet Tickets are on sale now in the Wild office. Call 509-888-7825.