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WILD EARN SOLID ROAD WIN IN SALMON ARM

PHOTO: Josh Arnold (12) had three assists in Tuesday’s 4-1 win for the Wild at Salmon Arm.
CREDIT: Pure Life Photography | Chris and Jen Fowler

It’s the final week of the regular season, and the Wenatchee Wild entered Tuesday nights game in Salmon Arm locked into third place in the Interior Division. For Salmon Arm, they are in a battle for fourth place and home ice in the opening round. It was Wenatchee, though, armed with two more returning players from the injured list who dominated the game en route to a solid 4-1 win at Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm, BC.

The first goal of the game came just as a Wild power play was expiring. Trevor Griebel slid down from the left point and snapped home a crossing feed from AJ Hodges for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 lead that stood after 20 minutes. Wenatchee opened things up in the second period. Brandon Koch put back the rebound of a Marko Reifenberger attempt for a 2-0 lead at 1:03, and Christophe Fillion tucked home a shot as the puck pinballed around the top of the crease at 5:57 to make it 3-0. Some smooth cycling in the offensive zone led to Matt Gosiewski muscling home a shot on the doorstep, set up by Josh Arnold and Avery Winslow. Arnold had three assists in his first game in over a month. Cal Sandquist was sharp in net, earning the second star of the game honor with 29 saves. His shutout bid was ruined on a Silverback power play goal at 5:47 of the third, after making a solid stop on a Matt Verboon shot but the rebound fell right to Jack Sampson for the lone Salmon Arm score.

Wenatchee (31-20-2-4) plays their final game of the regular season against the Penticton Vees (35-15-3-2) on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. 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.

The Wild will open the first round of the BCHL Playoffs on home ice on the first weekend of March. Dates and times and opponent are yet to be finalized, as the final week of games will determine final seeding.