WILD CLOSE OUT WEEKEND WITH WIN AT LANGLEY
The Wenatchee Wild concluded their three-game road trip on Sunday afternoon with their lone visit of the year to the George Preston Rec Centre in Langley, BC to face the Langley Rivermen, who entered the game 10-2-3 and in sole possession of first place in the Coastal Conference.
The lone penalty in the first period went against the Rivermen and Wenatchee cashed in a power play goal as Landon Parker finished off a point shot from Mario Gasparini at 7:24. Ean Somoza collected the second assist. Langley tied the game just over six minutes later, but it only took :42 seconds for the Wild to regain the lead with Ean Somoza scoring and Owen Bohn posting the assist at 14:36. The Wild outshot Langley 14-9 and led 2-1 after one period.
The Wild successfully killed off two penalties in the second period, while being outshot 8-6, but grew their lead to 3-1 on Ean Somoza’s second score of the game, a power play goal at the 10:03 mark, with assists going to Mario Gasparini and Owen Bohn. Wenatchee’s 3-1 lead stood at the end of the second.
Wenatchee tightened the screws in the final stanza, holding the Rivermen to just 5 shots on goal. With the Langley two-goal deficit in the waning minutes, the Rivermen pulled their goalie for the extra skater and Garrett Szydlowski deposited the puck into the empty net for a 4-1 lead, assisted by Ean Somoza who picked up his fourth point of the game. After a small skirmish in the final minute, the Wild finished the game on the power play and Ben Ivey tipped home a Connor Overson point shot with half a second left on the clock for the final 5-1 margin. Goalie Tyler Shea put in a solid days work, turning aside 21 of 22 shots for the win.
After the game, Head Coach Chris Clark said, “We’re proud of our guys for finding a way to beat a very good team in our third game in two and a half days. Tyler was very good in net and we got contributions from the entire line up.” Looking ahead, he added, “Can’t wait to get back in front of the home crowd next Friday night!”
The Wild (3-6-4) return home for a three-game set with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (11-3-1, 3rd place Interior Conference) beginning the day after Thanksgiving at Town Toyota Center. Friday at 7:05, sponsored by Worx, Saturday at 6 pm sponsored by Les Schwab, and Sunday at 6 pm, sponsored by Wenatchee Clinic Pharmacy and Jimmy Johns. Friday and Saturday we welcome the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive, and Sunday we honor all Hockey Moms. Tickets available now!
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