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WILD FALL IN SHOWCASE OPENER, 3-2

PHOTO: Harrison Scott (28) scored his first goal to pull Wenatchee within a goal on Friday. 
CREDIT: Garrett James Photography

The Wenatchee Wild opened their BCHL Showcase Schedule on Friday afternoon against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and fell 3-2 in regulation to their Interior Division foes.

After a scoreless first period, the Silverbacks took a 1-0 lead when Aidan Curran swatted home a rebound from the low slot at 4:32 of the second. At 16:30, Nick Unruh squeezed a shot through from the right wing circle for a 2-0 Salmon Arm lead. Shots on goal were scarce for both sides. The Wild got on the board at 6:28 of the third when Luke Ormsby pounced on a turnover and buried it to pull within one. Salmon Arm’s William Poirier converted a power play goal at 9:24 for a 3-1 cushion. Wenatchee pulled the goalie for the extra attacker in the final minute plus, and were able to lift a shot past the Silverbacks goalie but with only 6.9 seconds left to play. It was Harrison Scott who collected his first Wild point, assisted by Hunter Hastings and Jack Bayless who had made a nice play to keep the puck onside.

The Wild had one last chance, after the ensuing faceoff spawned a slashing call against Salmon Arm and gave the Wild an offensive zone draw with 2.9 seconds left, and a 6-on-4 advantage. Brett Chorske took the draw, and was able get a quick wrister off from the right circle but it was turned aside and the Wild fell in regulation for just the second time this season. Daniel Chenard stopped 18 of 21 shots for Wenatchee.

Wenatchee (5-2-2) wraps up the BCHL Showcase Presented by Bauer on Saturday against the Penticton Vees at 7 pm. The game will be broadcast live on NewsRadio 560 KPQ. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.