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WILD WIN STREAK SNAPPED AT SIX GAMES
The Wenatchee Wild (9-10-5) wrapped up their five game homestand Friday night with a rematch against the Prince George Spruce Kings (13-9-2) at Town Toyota Center. The Wild knocked off the Spruce Kings on Thursday night by a score of 2-1 in a shootout, bumping Wenatchee’s win streak to six games. It was the 23rd regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Wild holding a 17-5-0 advantage.
After a penalty-filled opener to the series, this one was penalty free in the first period. Each team had a couple of good looks at getting on the board, but both goaltenders were equal to the challenge and after 20 minutes the game remained scoreless, with Prince George outshooting the Wild 10-9.
Prince George found their scoring touch in the second period, pulling out to a 3-0 lead including a shorthanded goal on Wenatchee’s only power play of the period. The Wild answered at 17:04 on a pretty wrister by Owen Bohn, assisted nicely by Anthony Cafarelli. The Spruce Kings capitalized on a crazy bounce in front of the Wild net a minute and a half later and the score stood at 4-1 Prince George after two periods.
Wenatchee scored on their second power play chance of the game on a crisp net front shot by Cade Littler, assisted by Mario Gasparini and Ean Somoza at 7:41, bringing the Wild to within two, but the Spruce Kings scored again at even strength to regain their 3-goal cushion, up 5-2. Brett Oberle wired a blueline wrister home in the final minute with assists going to Brasen Boser and Hunter Hastings, but Prince George skated off with a 5-3 win, just their second win at Town Toyota Center in 18 games including playoffs all time. The teams meet again in Prince George on Feb. 11-12, 2022.
Wild Head Coach Chris Clark: “You have to give Prince George a lot of credit. They came out hungry and did a good job capitalizing on our mistakes. Still very proud of the work our guys have put in the last 3-4 weeks. We need to reset and get back to work on Monday.”
The Wild (9-11-5) begin a four-game road swing next weekend when they visit Coquitlam (7-14-3) on Friday, and Chilliwack (14-8-1) on Saturday. Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca
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