PHOTO: Brett Chorske (16) plays in the defensive zone during Friday’s game.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild had their modest three game win streak halted with an 8-5 loss to the division leading Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday night at Town Toyota Center.
Brian Adams opened the scoring for Wenatchee in the first period after Tyler Young forced a turnover on the forecheck, centering from below the goal line to Adams for the quick finish and a 1-0 lead. The Wild dominated the first half of the period, but things changed in a flash. Salmon Arm scored four goals in the span of 1:54 capitalizing on second chances, rebounds, and turnovers. The Silverbacks added a shorthanded goal early in the second period and had all the momentum to go along with a 5-1 lead. The Wild took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play and stopped the bleeding with a Luke Ormsby goal as he walked out of the left wing corner and flipped the puck high glove side to make it 5-2, and Hunter Hastings drove the following faceoff play right up the middle to make it 5-3 just five seconds later. Midway through the period, Nick Cafarelli netted a gorgeous power play goal to close the gap to 5-4. With his back to the goalie, he put the stick between his own legs and flipped the puck up and over into the net. The Silverbacks responded with a pair of power play goals to extend their lead to 7-4 but Brett Chorske whistled a wrister home in the final minute of the middle frame for a 7-5 margin to keep things close heading into the final frame. However, Salmon Arm tacked on one additional power play goal late in the game for the 8-5 final. Noah Altman worked the majority of the game, though he was relieved by the AP goalie for :43 seconds in the first period following the third goal. In all, he stopped 25 of 32 shots.
Wenatchee (9-6-2) concludes their three game homestand when the Salmon Arm Silverbacks return Saturday. The game will air on SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.