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WILD TAMED BY GRIZZLIES IN VICTORIA

WILD TAMED BY GRIZZLIES IN VICTORIA

The Wenatchee Wild continued their three game road trip on Saturday night with a visit to The Q Centre in Victoria, BC to face the Victoria Grizzlies, who entered the game 10-6-0 and tied for third in the Coastal Conference.

The Wild came out with a solid forecheck and controlled the pace for much of the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead on an Ean Somoza power play goal at 14:28, assisted by Mario Gasparini and Cade Littler. The Grizzlies had a couple of great chances late in the period but Andy Vlaha made some key stops and the Wild held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Wenatchee had some good pressure and a few quality looks in the second, outshooting the Grizzlies 11-6 but it was a Victoria power play goal on a one timer from the left circle that would be the only goal of the frame. Teams wrapped up the middle period knotted at a goal apiece. The goal snapped a Victoria scoreless string against Wenatchee dating back to Feb. 9, 2019, spanning 153 min and 23 seconds.

The third period saw the Grizzlies pull away for an eventual 4-1 win. A power play goal gave Victoria the lead, followed by a breakaway goal and an empty netter. The Wild had a 28-22 shots advantage in the loss.

Wild Head Coach Chris Clark after the game said, “We gave ourselves a chance to win tonight, I was proud of the effort. Both goalies were outstanding. We took a couple of penalties at a bad time and that was the difference. We probably deserved a better outcome but that is hockey. Good news is we don’t have to wait long for another chance at it.”

The Wild (2-6-4) wrap up the current road swing at Langley (10-2-3) on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Live coverage available on bchltv.com and AM 1340 The Hawk. They return home for a three game set with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beginning the day after Thanksgiving at Town Toyota Center. Tickets available now!

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