PHOTO: The Wild working in the defensive zone at Salmon Arm on Sunday afternoon.
CREDIT: Pure Life Photography
A Sunday afternoon matchup brought the Wenatchee Wild to Salmon Arm for the first time this season, but it was the hometown Silverbacks who collected a 3-2 win in overtime.
Salmon Arm was off on Saturday night and definitely had the fresher legs in the opening period. The Wild didn’t register an official shot on goal in the first ten minutes of the game, but when they did, it was Ethan Wolthers who flung a low shot from between the circles that eluded the Salmon Arm netminder through the five-hole for a 1-0 Wild lead. Tony Andreozzi found twine for the Silverbacks on a power play late in the first, leaving the game knotted 1-1 after 20 minutes.
A Salmon Arm power play goal from Daniel Rybarik on a onetimer from the right circle had the home team up 2-1, but the Wild tied it up on their league-leading sixth shorthanded goal of the year. Harrison Scott motored down the left wing and put the off the outside of the post where it careened into the crease area and Brian Adams was there to punch it in to even the score at 2 apiece.
Salmon Arm took a pile of penalties in the third period, affording the Wild a significant amount of power play time but they were unable to capitalize. Both goaltenders, Daniel Chenard for the Wild Ethan Langenegger for Salmon Arm were mostly solid and at times, outstanding. The game remained tied after 60 minutes, and 3-on-3 overtime began. Both teams had stretches of controlling the puck in the extra session, but a wrister from Nick Unruh as he skated into the left circle sailed over Chenard’s shoulder for the game winning tally. Chenard turned aside 35 shots as was named a star of the game for the second night in a row, on the road.
Wenatchee (11-10-4) heads right back up to face Salmon Arm (19-6-1) on Thursday at 7 pm, and then will go on to meet West Kelowna on Friday and Merritt on Saturday. The games will be broadcast on NewsRadio 560 KPQ on Thursday and Friday, then SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk on Saturday. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Our Official Watch Party location is Bob’s Burgers and Brew in East Wenatchee.