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WILD FALL TO CRANBROOK IN 4-2 LOSS

(PHOTO: The Wild fell 4-2 to the Cranbrook Bucks on Saturday night at Town Toyota Center
on “Pink At The Rink” night. CREDIT: Russ Alman / wildhockeyphotos.com)

 

The Wenatchee Wild hosted their annual “Pink At The Rink” night on Saturday and 2,472 fans came to Town Toyota Center to watch the Wild take on the Cranbrook Bucks for the first of a two game weekend set.

Cranbrook seized an early lead just 1:20 into the game and the 1-0 lead stood at the end of the first period. Wenatchee rebounded in the second to grab a 2-1 lead. Ean Somoza tied the game on a crisp low wrister, assisted by Cade Littler and Quinn Emerson. Then Cade Littler stuffed home the rebound of an Ean Somoza shot to put Wenatchee ahead 2-1, a lead they carried into the third period.

The Wild entered the game with a record of 11-0-0 when leading after two periods. That streak would come to an end as the Bucks leading scorer Tyson Dyck put together a natural hat trick, scoring all three goals of the final frame. The first one came just :14 seconds into the period, from the lower left circle. At 9:55 he was credited with his second of the night as a bouncing puck in the low slot fluttered over Tyler Shea and the Bucks led 3-2. Dyck completed his hat trick from below the goal line as he dumped it out front and it deflected into the net off a Wild stick. Wenatchee pulled the goalie for the extra skater late and had some really good chances but the Bucks held on for the 4-2 win. Tyler Shea denied 27 of 31 Cranbrook shots.

Wild Head Coach Chris Clark commented after the game, “Ultimately, the early goals against in the first and third periods were the difference tonight. We had our chances to score but their goalie played very well.”

The Wild (17-22-5) continue the homestand Sunday at 6p against Cranbrook once again for “Non-Profit Night”, sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Center. Wednesday March 9 the Trail Smoke Eaters come to town at 6p. Vaccine card mandates are no longer required for the remainder of the Wild season.  Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca.

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