Wild force OT once again, fall short at Trail 6-5
The Wenatchee Wild had their second game of the season Saturday night in Trail as they took on the Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena in front of 1,011 spectators. Wenatchee’s Cade Littler opened the scoring just 54 seconds into the first period for a 1-0 lead with assists from Brasen Boser and Jakob Karpa. It was Littler’s second goal of the season and second point overall. However, Charlie Strobel would answer back for Trail with a minute left in the period on an assist from Corey Cunningham. Shots ended eight to seven in favor of Trail.
Wenatchee went up 2-1 in the second on a goal from Owen Bohn with an assist from Jakob Karpa. This was Karpa’s second point on the night and second overall on the season. Hunter Hastings extended Wenatchee’s lead to 3-1 a few minutes later on assists from Ben Ivey and Brett Oberle.
The momentum turned with three consecutive goals by the Smoke Eaters. Corey Cunningham netted his third goal of the season midway through the period with assists from Zach Michaelis and Cameron Moger. Moger’s assist was his second on the season and third point overall. A little while later, Brady Hunter put it home on assists from Teddy Lagerback and Ethan Willoughby. The assist was Lagerback’s first of two on the night and fifth point on the season, while Willoughby’s assist was his third point of the season. Coalson Wolford then took the lead for Trail with just under two minutes to go in the period. Coalson’s goal was his first on the season and fourth point overall. Assists came by way of Charlie Strobel and Teddy Lagerback. It was Strobel’s second point of the night and second overall on the season. For Lagerback, it was his second assist of the night and sixth point on the season.
Wenatchee tied the game just 13 seconds later with a goal from Garrett Szydlowski and assist to Cade Littler. This was Szydlowski’s first point on the season and Littler’s second point of the night, third overall on the season. The second period would end tied at four with Wenatchee leading in shots 29-22.
In the third period, Trail’s Adam Parsons took the lead for the Smoke Eaters netting his first goal on the season and second point overall. Assists came by way of Quinn Disher and Connor Michaud. Disher and Michaud’s assists were their third each of the season for their fourth point each on the season. Wenatchee’s Landon Parker scored first goal of the season, unassisted just a few minutes later to tie it up and send it to overtime.
Trail’s Evan Bushy scored in overtime to end it on an assist from Brady Hunter. It was Bushy’s first goal of the season and second point overall while Hunter picked up his second point of the game as well as on the season overall.
Wild head coach Chris Clark touched on the team’s effort sending it to overtime for the second straight week and moving forward. “I was proud of the group for battling back and getting the game to overtime. We did a lot of good throughout the game that we can build on and had some teachable moments that we will learn from and be better for in the long run. We need to continue to build and work to get better each week,” Clark said.
Next up for the Wild, they travel to Chilliwack for the league showcase and a game against the Price George Spruce Kings on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chilliwack Coliseum. The Spruce Kings will be heading into Wednesday’s matchup fresh off back-to-back wins over the Merritt Centennials by scores of 6-3 and 5-2. Prince George is also undefeated on the season having won their first four matchups on the season outscoring opponents 22-11