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WILD BATTLE TO 7-3 ROAD WIN

PHOTO: Jack Bayless (29) celebrates his second goal of the night on Saturday. 
CREDIT: HockeyTV screen shot

In the middle game of a three game Island Division road trip, the Wenatchee Wild put together a solid 60 minute showing to defeat the first place Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night at Cowichan Community Centre by a final score of 7-3. The Wild never trailed in the game.

Wenatchee scored first on a Jack Bayless wrister at 4:09 of the first that went in off the blocker of Capitals goalie Zach Borgiel. The Capitals tied the game at 8:39 on a power play goal from Cruz Cote, a one-timer from between the circles on the power play. Bayless buried his second of the game on a nearly identical goal, sent from the left corner on a power play and one-timed into the top corner for a 2-1 Wild lead that stood at the end of the first.

In the second period, Cowichan Valley tied the game on a Johnny Howie wrister from the blue line, but 1:20 later, defenseman Luke Gallagher squeezed a blue line wrister through the pads for a 3-2 lead. Again, the Capitals rallied to tie after a turnover created a chance for Zach Brooks that he converted and the game was tied at 3. Wenatchee grabbed the lead for good at 9:18 of the second period when a Jack Bayless shot found the net off the body of Brett Chorske for a 4-3 lead. A Wild power play blast from Drew Bavaro made it 5-3, and Harrison Scott added another as he punched home a loose puck in the crease for a 6-3 Wenatchee lead heading into the second intermission. The Capitals imploded in the final frame, taking 6 minor penalties, a misconduct and two game misconducts in the third period alone. Nick Cafarelli scored a power play at 14:50 for the final 7-3 score. Daniel Chenard turned aside 22 shots for the win.

Wenatchee (7-5-2) concludes their three game Island Division road swing at Victoria on Sunday afternoon (2 pm). The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.