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PHOTO: BCHL MVP and Leading Scorer Jasper Weatherby (14) had a 3-point night including two goals and an assist as the Wild took a Game 1 win on Thursday.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

by Arch Ecker

The BCHL Fred Page Cup Playoffs began on Thursday night with the #3 seed Wenatchee Wild hosting the #6 seed Merritt Centennials. Wenatchee scored two in the first period and two in the second, cruising to a 4-0 shutout win to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The league’s leading scorer and MVP, Jasper Weatherby scored the first goal, walking out of the right wing corner and stuffing a shot past Jake Berger for the 1-0 Wenatchee edge. He added a second goal on the power play when he tipped a Sam Morton shot off Berger’s arm into the net for a 2-0 lead. The Wild outshot Merritt 11-3 in the opening period. Zak Galambos ripped home a power play goal, stepping into a blast from the right circle midway through the second, and AJ Vanderbeck snapped home a one-timer from the slot off a nice play set up by Jasper Weatherby and Murphy Stratton. The Wild led 4-0 after 40 minutes, outshooting the Centennials 27-9 through the first two periods. Things got a little chippy in the final minutes, but Wenatchee maintained composure and Seth Eisele stopped two breakaway chances in the final period to earn the shutout victory. Cooper Zech had two assists, as did Murphy Stratton and Sam Morton.

Wenatchee and Merritt meet again for Game 2 of the Interior Division Quarterfinals on Saturday March 3 at Town Toyota Center. For playoff ticket info, please call the Wild office at 509-888-7825.