PHOTO CREDIT: Jesi Richardson
The Wenatchee Wild and Trail Smoke Eaters closed out their weekend series in the iFIBER Rink in Wenatchee on Sunday afternoon and once again, each team earned a win. Trail took the opener 2-0, and the Wild earned a 2-1 win in the late game.
The “mini-game” format was shortened a bit on Sunday, with the periods consisting of 15 minute stop-time rather than the 20 min periods on Saturday. In the first period of Game 1, Trail grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Braeden Tuck goal at 4:56, then sealed the win as Tuck found the empty net with :04 seconds left on the clock in the final frame. The Wild outshot Trail 18-16 in the contest.
The second game saw Trail convert a power play chance at 3:42 as Levi Glasman got a tip on a Carter Jones shot that would have gone wide, putting the Smoke Eaters up 1-0. The Wild tied it up moments after a Wenatchee power play expired as Hunter Hastings hit the twine, assisted by Chad Sasaki and Christophe Tellier at 7:04. Less than two minutes later, with the teams skating 4-on-4, Josh Arnold gave the Wild the lead, with assists from AJ Hodges and Brandon Koch. Shots on goal narrowly favored the Wild in the second game by a margin of 16-15. Cal Sandquist picked up the win in the second game, with Austin Park working the opener.
The Wild will play one more preseason game, also in the iFIBER Rink on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 pm when the Penticton Vees come to town. That game will be a standard three period game and tickets will also be $10 general admission. Wenatchee’s preseason concludes the following night as the Wild travel to Penticton for a 6pm matchup with the Vees.
The regular season begins for Wenatchee on Sept. 7 when the Wild visit the Vernon Vipers. The Wild Home Opener will be Friday October 12 against the Nanaimo Clippers, and will feature the unveiling of the Championship Banners, a Ring Ceremony, and more.