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WILD LAUNCH THREE GAME ROAD TRIP WITH SHOOTOUT WIN

PHOTO: The Wild fended off a Prince George comeback attempt to post a 3-2 shootout win on Wednesday night.
CREDIT: James Doyle / PG Spruce Kings

With three games in four nights scheduled for the second week in a row, the Wenatchee Wild got off on the right foot with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Spruce Kings in Prince George on Wednesday night at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

The Wild controlled the majority of play in the first period but a solid clanger off the crossbar by Matt Dorsey was as close as either team came to scoring. Wenatchee broke through in the second period when Tyler Young potted his ninth of the year at 3:33, depositing the rebound of a Dylan Herzog shot from the right point. The Wild lead stood at 1-0 after two periods.

Wenatchee padded their lead when Luke Ormsby ripped a quick snapshot from the left circle, set up by Brett Chorske and Drake Usher.  The proverbial “insurance” goal proved necessary. Prince George got on the board with a Nick Poisson power play goal at 10:28, and tied it up when Corey Cunningham swatted a puck out of mid-air with 4:01 left to play. For the second game in a row, the Wild were headed to overtime.

In the extra session, Wenatchee had a power play chance when Fin Williams hauled down Sam Morton on what was a clear breakaway chance. The Wild outshot Prince George 10-0 in the overtime, and hit a post from point blank range, but the game would be decided in a best-of-three shootout. The Spruce Kings first shooter scored, and Brett Chorske answered with a slick forehand-backhand-forehand move that left a wide open side of the net for the score. Prince George’s second shooter had the puck catch an edge and roll off the stick yielding no shot, and the Wild sent out Sam Morton. The lefthander crisp snapshot sailed over the glove hand putting the Wild in position to win with a stop of the next shooter. That shooter tried to slip it through the five-hole but Daniel Chenard turned it aside to secure the 3-2 shootout victory for Wenatchee, and the two-game season series sweep.

Wenatchee (25-22-4) gets back on the bus and heads south to face Surrey (22-22-7) on Friday and Langley (20-24-4) Saturday. The games will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Shows airing at 6:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Away Game Watch Party is at Bob’s Burgers and Brew.

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