PHOTO: Wild players celebrate Brett Chorske’s third period goal on Saturday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
For the second night in a row, the Wenatchee Wild scored first and never trailed, posting a 6-4 win over the Merritt Centennials at Town Toyota Center on Saturday night.
The Centennials kept it interesting. The Wild largely dominated the first period and scored the periods only goal when Hunter Hastings stepped out of the left-wing corner to muscle a shot through the Merritt goalie for the 1-0 lead. Merritt forced a turnover between the circles early in the second and Josh Kagan slipped a low shot into the net following a nice deke to tie the game up. Trevor Griebel scored a goal similar to the one by Hastings when he powered his way out of the corner and backhanded a low shot home for the 2-1 lead. Tyler Young snapped a crisp wrister from the left circle on the power play for a 3-1 lead that beat the goalie across the body, glove side. Wenatchee continued to keep the pressure on, but Merritt would score twice in the second to tie the game, both goals coming from the left wing on odd-man rushes.
With the game tied at 3-3 headed into the third, Wenatchee regained the lead when Quinn Emerson jammed home the rebound of a Harrison Scott attempt for a 4-3 advantage. Brett Chorske added a power play goal with a shot from the left circle at 4:56, prompting a Merritt goaltending change. The Centennials closed the gap to 1 on a power play goal, ending a string of 62 consecutive power plays without a goal. The one-goal differential made for a frenetic finish, until Hunter Hastings fired the puck into the abandoned Merritt net for the 6-4 final. Noah Altman went the distance for his fifth win of the year.
Wenatchee (11-8-2) wraps up their four-game homestand next Friday and Saturday night as the Penticton Vees (16-3-1) come to town. The Friday game will air on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, and Saturday’s game will be broadcast on “SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk”. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Game time each night is 7:05 pm.