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WILD COMEBACK LEADS TO WEEKEND SWEEP

PHOTO: Josh Arnold extended his point streak to 10 games as Wenatchee defeated West Kelowna 4-2 on Saturday night. 
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The crowd of 2,654 was still settling into their seats as the visiting West Kelowna Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 99 seconds of play. The majority of them were on their feet at the end of the night as the Wild completed their second comeback victory in as many nights with four unanswered goals for a 4-2 win to claim a weekend sweep.

It was just 1:18 into the game when the Warriors put a shot on net that Cal Sandquist stopped but lost sight of the rebound. Chase Dubois shoveled the rebound home and the Wild trailed 1-0. 21 seconds later, a Bennett Norlin shot clipped Sandquist on the blocker side shoulder but crept over his arm into the back of the net and West Kelowna had a 2-0 lead, bringing Austin Park into the game in relief. The Wild started to carve into the deficit when Matt Gosiewski powered a shot from the left point through traffic at 17:30 and the Wild trailed by a goal after 1.

In the middle frame, Wenatchee tied the game at 2 apiece when Josh Arnold flicked a soft shot through the ankles of Connor Hopkins and the game remained tied after 40 minutes, with the Wild outshooting West Kelowna 30-16. Wenatchee completed the comeback in the third period when Murphy Stratton drove home a crisp Lucas Sowder pass at the side of the net at 8:57. Things escalated with two and a half minutes left in regulation when a fight broke out and spawned a handful of ejections. Wenatchee ended up on a 5-on-3 power play and converted with Matt Gosiewski netting his second of the night. Austin Park stopped all 19 shots he faced for the win.

Wenatchee (16-10-2) wraps up their three game homestand on Wednesday at 6:00 pm when they face the Penticton Vees (18-7-1-2). 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 at 5:45 pm.