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WILD BLANK SPRUCE KINGS IN GAME ONE FINALS WIN

PHOTO: Jasper Weatherby (14) had a goal and two assists as the Wild posted a 4-0 win in Game 1 of the BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals on Friday night.

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild put together a solid 60 minutes in the opening game of the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final series, earning a 4-0 shutout victory over the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings with 3,309 in attendance.

The teams skated through a scoreless first period, and Wenatchee broke the deadlock with a Sam Hesler goal, as Josh Arnold worked the puck up to the blue for Cooper Zech, who slid it across to his left to Slava Demin. Demin fired it on net where it was turned aside by goalie Evan DeBrouwer, but the rebound was backhanded home by Hesler for the 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, AJ Vanderbeck muscled home a shot from the bottom of the right circle and Wenatchee led 2-0 after peppering DeBrouwer with 26 shots in the second period alone. In the third period, the Wild added a pair of power play goals to pull away for good. The first was a heavy wrister on the power play from Jasper Weatherby that DeBrouwer got a piece of but not enough. Later, a Zak Galambos crossing pass hit a skate and deflected in, giving the Wild a 4-0 lead that would hold until the final horn. Austin Park looked calm and confident, stopping 25 shots on the way to the shutout victory. Cooper Zech racked up three assists, and Lucas Sowder had two. Weatherby had a goal and two assists, moving his assist and point streak to 10 straight games.

The shutout is the second for the Wild this postseason, as Seth Eisele shutout Merritt in Game 1 of the first series against Merritt back on March 1. The shutout was the eighth in Wild playoff history.

Game 2 of the series is Saturday, April 14 at 7:05 pm in Town Toyota Center. The first 1,000 fans will receive a special edition commemorative team poster. Tickets are just $10, and $8 for groups. Call 509-888-7825 to secure your seats.