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WILD WEEKEND PREVIEW – JAN. 20-22, 2022

WILD WEEKEND PREVIEW – JAN. 20-22, 2022

The Wenatchee Wild last took the ice in game action on Dec. 31, 2021. Since that time, BCHL and Canadian PHO Covid protocols brought postponements to the last 5 scheduled Wild games. Wenatchee is set to return to competition this week, hosting the Cranbrook Bucks Thursday (6p) and Friday (7:05p) before heading to West Kelowna on Saturday at 7p. Live video coverage will be available on bchltv.com with live radio coverage on NewsRadio 560 KPQ.

Thursday is “Faith and Family Night” presented by Keyhole Security and will feature Hockey Bingo. Friday is “Mental Health Awareness Night” sponsored by LocalTel.

Wenatchee (9-11-5, 7th place Interior Conf.) is led in scoring by Ean Somoza (6g, 19a) followed by Cade Littler (11g, 13a) and Owen Bohn (12g, 10a). Goaltender Tyler Shea (7-5-3, 2.83 GAA, .897 save pct.) gets the bulk of the work with support from Andy Vlaha.

CRANBROOK: (Thu. at 6p, Fri at 7:05p) The Cranbrook Bucks are the 18th and newest franchise in the BCHL. Slated to begin play in the 2020-21 season, the Bucks were able to participate in the Pod Season in the Penticton Pod along with the Vees and the Trail Smoke Eaters. The Bucks struggled, going 3-16-1 in the 20 games. Now in their first full season, they currently sit in 5th place in the Interior Conference with a record of 17-11-2. Wenatchee and Cranbrook will see each eight times this season, five of them at Town Toyota Center. Players to watch for the Bucks include Tyson Dyck (18g, 23a) and Noah Quinn (13g, 14a). Goalie Nathan Airey (10-8-2, 3.01 GAA, .903 sv) gets the majority of the workload.

WEST KELOWNA: In the fourth of six meetings this season, the Wild are 1-1-1 against the Warriors. It’s the 26th meeting all-time, with the Wild holding a 7-4-1 edge in games played at Royal LePage Place. The Warriors (19-12-0) sit in fourth place in the Interior Conference. West Kelowna visits Merritt on Wednesday Jan. 19 before coming home to open a five game homestand against the Wild on Saturday. Felix Trudeau (20g, 17a) powers the Warriors offense with Tyson Jugnauth (2g, 20a) leading the defense. Veteran Johnny Derrick (14-8-0, 3.18 GAA, .900 sv) is the top WK goalie.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 

Power Play      Penalty Kill
WEN   28.7%   3rd  WEN   83.3%    4th
WKW 18.9%   13th WKW  80.8%    8th
CRA    16.1%   15th CRA     78.9%   10th

The following weekend the Wild host Penticton on Thursday (6p), Friday (7:05p), and Saturday (6p) For all games, live video coverage will be available on bchltv.com with live radio coverage on NewsRadio 560 KPQ.

Tickets available now for all 16 remaining home games at Town Toyota Center. Ask about group discounts! Call 888-7825 or visit WenatcheeWildHockey.com. Follow the Wild all year long on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. Official website: wenatcheewildhockey.com