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WILD COME UP SHORT IN 3-1 HOME LOSS

PHOTO: Wild forward AJ Hodges (20) looks for a redirection opportunity in Friday night action. 
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild had a full 20-man lineup dressed for the first time in weeks but the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks ground out a 3-1 win on Friday night at Town Toyota Center.

The Wild had a decent first period with an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal, but it was Salmon Arm who scored the first goal when Aidan Sutter took a shot that deflected off a Wild defenseman’s stick and past Austin Park. Wenatchee tied the game on a Blake Bargar shot that went off the back of the Silverback goalie’s stick and into the net, following a nice setup from PJ Fletcher and Brian Adams. The game was tied at 1-1 after 1. Salmon Arm took the lead when Jack Sampson threw a shot from the left wing wall that found the net. Salmon Arm goalie Ethan Langenegger made a big left leg pad stop on a Wild shorthanded chance in the second, with Murphy Stratton making a nice move on the 2-on-1 rush with Lucas Sowder. Wenatchee pressed in the final period, but a late Salmon Arm power play goal by John Little provided the final 3-1 margin. The Wild outshot the Silverbacks 30-16 on the night.

Wenatchee (29-20-2-4) plays their final home game of the regular season against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday night. The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Show starting 15 minutes prior to faceoff.