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WILD OFFENSE ERUPTS WITH 8-1 WIN

PHOTO: Christophe Fillion (19) scored twice in Wenatchee’s 8-1 win over Cowichan Valley on Friday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild offense exploded with a six-goal outburst in the second period en route to an 8-1 victory over the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday night at Town Toyota Center.

Both teams came into the game riding modest two-game win streaks, but the first period was heavily slanted toward the home team as Wenatchee outshot the Capitals 15-3, but had nothing to show for it in a scoreless tie. On a power play to open the middle frame, Lucas Sowder stuffed the puck in from the glove side of the net for a 1-0 lead at 1:33. The flood gates opened. Brian Adams walked around from behind the net, slipped out front and fired a wrister home at 2:54. Christophe Fillion backhanded a shot behind the goalie from just outside the crease at 10:29, then Josh Arnold jammed in a loose puck at 11:34. Matt Gosiewski had been denied on a couple of prior chances but ripped home a Matt Dorsey pass for a 5-0 Wild lead at 12:35. Cowichan Valley got on the board when Olivier Gauthier tapped home a rebound with 2:04 left in the second, but Wenatchee answered back at 19:38 when Blake Bargar rifled a shot home on a nice feed from Josh Arnold. Six different players scored in the middle frame for the Wild. In the third, Wenatchee added a couple more, the first batted out of mid-air by Christophe Fillion at 10:20, the second a sharp wrister for PJ Fletcher, his first goal of the season that gave the Wild the 8-1 lead that would be the final. Cal Sandquist stopped 20 shots for the win.

Wenatchee (9-6-2) concludes the homestand when they face the Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday night at Town Toyota Center. The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live on “SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk” with the Pregame Show beginning at 6:45 pm.