PHOTO: Hunter Hastings (17) had a goal and an assist in the Wild’s 3-2 win Saturday.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
It was déjà vu all over again on Saturday night when Wenatchee surrendered a goal in the first minute of play for the second night in a row. This time, the Wild recovered and rallied to post a 3-2 win in regulation over the visiting Langley Rivermen with over 2,000 fans in attendance.
It was only :27 seconds into the contest. Joseph Musa won an offensive zone faceoff and Matthew Hubbarde walked into the high slot and fired a shot that hit traffic and bounced right to the stick of Tristan Fraser who flung it home for a 1-0 Langley lead that stood through the first period. Wenatchee tied it up in the second period on a Brian Adams backhander, set up by a Hunter Hastings net side attempt on the power play at 3:06. Langley regained the lead when a Kaeden Patrick shot found its way in off the glove of Daniel Chenard at 12:55. The Wild tied it back up two minutes later when defenseman Jerrett Overland gloved down a clearing attempt and fired it from the high slot and the game remained tied heading into the second intermission.
The eventual game winning goal came at 8:56 of the third, as recently acquired blueliner Noah Lugli snapped a pass to Hunter Hastings on the left wing, and Hastings unleashed a crisp shot that whistled past the Rivermen netminder to give Wenatchee their first lead of the game. The Wild defense stiffened and held on for the 3-2 win, with Daniel Chenard making 15 saves to nail down his tenth win of the year.
Wenatchee has five players currently listed as injured, and played the game Saturday with 19 players instead of the allotted 20. Sam Morton is expected to rejoin the team in time to take the ice Wednesday.
Wenatchee (15-12-4) wraps up their four game homestand on Wednesday night at Town Toyota Center with a 6 pm game against the Penticton Vees. The game will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Show airing at 5:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.