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WILD TRIUMPH IN OVERTIME THRILLER

PHOTO: Lucas Sowder (11) buries the game winning goal in overtime.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild and Trail Smoke Eaters traded leads in regulation but ultimately needed overtime where the Wild prevailed in a 5-4 victory on Wednesday evening at Town Toyota Center.

Matt Dorsey scored the first goal for Wenatchee, finishing off a crisp pass from Matt Gosiewski in the first period. Cristophe Tellier snapped home a close shot from just above the goal line, set up from behind the net by Christophe Fillion. Trail sprung to life after the media timeout, scoring twice in just over two minutes, Owen Ozar followed by Trevor Zins for the Smoke Eaters. Wenatchee responded to retake the lead when Nathan Iannone drilled a low, hard shot as he moved between the circles. Trail would tie it up again on Ozar’s second of the night, and then took the lead for the first time on a Hayden Rowan power play goal at 12:44. On the next shift, Matt Dorsey took a pass from Murphy Stratton in the neutral zone and went into overdrive, blowing past the Trail defender and tucking a low shot on the forehand under the glove of the goaltender to pull the Wild even once again at 4-4. The feat was even more impressive considering it was the tail end of a shift that lasted over a full minute. Wenatchee had to kill off a penalty in the final minutes and did so successfully, sending the game into overtime. For the Wild it was the third overtime in four home games this season. Both sides snapped the puck around a bit in the three-on-three extra session, but it was Lucas Sowder who wrapped it up for Wenatchee, driving up the left wing, taking a slash but maintaining possession, and cutting to the net where he hit the brakes and tucked it in on the short side to provide a 5-4 victory. Austin Park turned aside 19 shots to earn the win.

Wenatchee (8-6-2) will continue their homestand when they face the Cowichan Valley Capitals Friday night at Town Toyota Center. The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ” with the Pregame Show beginning at 6:45 pm.