WILD COMPLETE WEEKEND SWEEP IN VERNON
The Wenatchee Wild returned for a repeat engagement in Vernon, BC Saturday night with the Vernon Vipers. The Wild picked up their first win of the season on Friday, a 3-2 win over the Vipers in overtime. Special teams were the story on Saturday as the Wild avoided the penalty box all night and converted on 3 of their 4 power play chances en route to a 4-1 win.
Vernon scored the first goal of the game, as they had the previous night, scored by former Wild blueliner Nick Kent. The Wenatchee power play kicked in to tie the game two minutes later. From the midpoint, Mario Gasparini fed Ean Somoza at the left circle, and his shot was directed in by Landon Parker, his second of the year. Vernon held the shots on goal advantage at 11-9.
The second saw a tremendous display of goaltending at both ends of the ice. The Wild power play activated for the go-ahead goal at 14:09 as Owen Bohn drove home a crisp feed from Quinn Emerson, set up by Ean Somoza. The same trio repeated the same play on a power play with 3.3 seconds left in the middle frame for a 3-1 Wild lead. Shots favored the Wild, 12-5.
Vernon ramped up the pressure in the third, outshooting Wenatchee 13-8 in final stanza. The only goal however came off the stick of Wenatchee forward Ean Somoza on a breakaway high glove side snap shot to cap his three-point night. Andy Vlaha earned his first BCHL win a stellar performance, stopping 28 of 29 shots.
Wild Head Coach Chris Clark: “Tonight was another night where every single guy contributed. It was nice to see the power play get rewarded as we’ve felt we were close for some time.” Clark, a former goalie, added, “It was nice to see Andy (Vlaha) get his first junior hockey win as well.”
The Wild kick off the home portion of their schedule on Thursday, November 11 against the West Kelowna Warriors, sponsored by Town Toyota. Game time is 6:00 pm and the Wild are giving out military FREE tickets to the game with military ID or DD214. Also, the discounted group rate will be extended to family and friends. Friday the Warriors return for Retro Night with the Wild wearing specially designed jerseys to commemorate the BCHL’s 60th season. It’s Cowbell Night as well sponsored by AG Supply with free collectible cowbells for the first 1,000 fans.
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