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WILD OPEN FOUR GAME HOMESTAND WITH 5-2 VICTORY

PHOTO: Harrison Scott (28) netted the game winner for the Wild on Friday night. 
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild scored first and never trailed as they snapped a three game losing skid with a 5-2 win over the Merritt Centennials at Town Toyota Center on Friday night.

The Wild opened the scoring at 15:48 of the first period on a wraparound goal by Nick Cafarelli, his team-leading tenth goal of the year. Early in the second period, Drake Usher picked off a Merritt pass in the neutral zone and walked through a pair of defenders before drilling a shot high glove side for his first goal of the season, and a 2-0 Wenatchee lead. Merritt hung around a cut the lead in half late in the second on a Josh Kagan goal from the left circle. The Centennials were able to tie the game at 2-2 early in the third when Brett Roloson tipped a pass from Kagan that crept through the leg pads, but the Wild responded with three unanswered goals to close out the game. On what proved to be the game winner, Cafarelli drove down the right side while his linemates were changing on the fly behind him. He whirled around behind the net but instead of trying to duplicate his earlier wraparound goal, he tossed it into the high slot for the advancing Harrison Scott who drove it home to put the Wild up 3-2. Brian Adams knocked home a rebound just over a minute later for his tenth of the year to keep pace with Cafarelli, and Hunter Hastings also collected a loose puck rebound from down low for the final 5-2 margin. Noah Altman stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win.

Wenatchee (10-8-2) continues their four game homestand Saturday night against the Merritt Centennials (4-13-0). The game will air on NewsRadio 560 KPQ. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.