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PHOTO: The Wild were defeated 3-2 in Trail, BC on Friday night.
CREDIT: HockeyTV screen shot

The Wenatchee Wild drew first blood but were unable to overcome a one-goal third period deficit, eventually falling 3-2 to the Trail Smoke Eaters in BCHL action Friday night in Cominco Arena.

The Wild power play converted on the first opportunity on Friday. Sam Morton worked the puck on the right wing down low to Harrison Scott, who attempted to stuff it home on the short side. The rebound sprung right to the stick of Brett Chorske who flung it home for his 17th of the year and a 1-0 Wild lead. Trail pulled even when Phillippe Lapointe wired a hard wrister that went in off the glove of goalie Daniel Chenard. The Smoke Eaters took the lead late in the period on a power play as Max Kryski swatted a fluttering puck from the slot that arced over Chenard’s arm and Wenatchee trailed 2-1 at the first intermission.

The Wild tied the game at 2-2 on a Noah Lugli goal, his third of the season. It was a heavy blast from the point that squeezed through the stick-side arm and body of Trail goalie Logan Terness and warbled across the line. The Smoke Eaters reclaimed the lead with under five seconds left in the second when Kent Johnson danced out from behind the net and whipped a low pass across through the crease to a waiting Michael Colella for what proved to be the game winner. Wenatchee outshot Trail 31-26, and pulled the goalie for the extra skater late in the game but were unable to score.

Wenatchee (23-22-4) returns home to face the Coquitlam Express (40-8-1) on Saturday for “Guns N Hoses Night”. 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.

Wild playoff ticket packages are on sale now in the Wild office. Call 509-888-7825.