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WILD DEFEAT SALMON ARM TO FORCE GAME 7 MONDAY

(PHOTO: Quinn Emerson (at center) celebrates the second of his three goals
in Wenatchee’s 5-1 win over Salmon Arm on Saturday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / wildhockeyphotos.com)

The home team had won each of the first five games of the BCHL Playoff series between the Wenatchee Wild and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Wild needed that trend to continue on Saturday night to force the series to a Game 7 and avoid elimination. They accomplished that with a 5-1 win in front of a crowd of 1,702 at Town Toyota Center.

Wild forward Parker Murray opened the scoring on Wenatchee’s first shot of the game with a blast from the left circle on a nice nifty feed from Ean Somoza at the 4:19 mark. The Silverbacks flipped home a backhand rebound chance at 16:01 and the game was tied 1-1 following a penalty free first period. The second period was scoreless, with a late Salmon Arm penalty carrying over to the third period. That would prove to be the difference in the game.

49 seconds into the third, Cade Littler drove home a power play tally following two one-touch passes from Quinn Emerson and Landon Parker. Emerson added a power play goal of his own just under three minutes later, assisted by Parker and Littler. A minute and 20 seconds later, Emerson struck again from the slot finishing off a nice crisp pass from Anthony Cafarelli, with Mario Gasparini earning the second assist. Salmon Arm elected to pull their goalie, down by three with 7 minutes left to play. Emerson got through the defense and was tripped while approaching the empty net, which by rule resulted in a goal being awarded, giving him the natural hat trick. The Wild evened the series at three games each, with Tyler Shea stopping 33 of 34 shots for the win.

Wild Head Coach Chris Clark: “Very proud of our guys for sticking with it tonight. Power play came up big in the third period and Tyler (Shea) was outstanding all night. We wanted to give ourselves a chance in Game 7 and our guys did that tonight. We will enjoy this one tonight and reset and refocus for Game 7 on Monday night.”

The best-of-seven playoff series concludes with Game 7 on Monday in Salmon Arm at 6p. Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca. Arch Ecker provides the play-by-play.

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