Provided by Arch Ecker and the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Club
(Wenatchee, WA)…The Wenatchee Wild came out with a purpose on Sunday afternoon, and controlled the game from the outset, rolling to a 6-1 win and grabbing a 2-0 best-of-seven series lead over the #4 seed Prince George Spruce Kings. The series continues with the next two games to be played Tuesday and Wednesday in Prince George, BC.
The Wild got the first goal of the game for the second night in a row as Dakota Raabe tipped in a Slava Demin shot at 11:17 of the first period. Twenty seconds later, Brian Williams stuffed in a rebound on the doorstep, following an Alex Bates shot. Colin Burston tapped a power play goal through the ankles of Spruce Kings goalie Tavin Grant at 15:17 and Wenatchee held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first. The Wild scored twice in the second to pull ahead 5-0, with both goals being scored by Brendan Harris. The first, coming at 9:19 began when Chad Sasaki battled on the right wing wall to get the puck to AJ Vanderbeck, who spotted Harris on the left wing for the smooth finish. At 15:39, Charlie Combs wired a sharp pass through the slot to Harris who finished with the one-timer for the 5-0 lead. The Wild outshot Prince George 26-6 through the first two periods.
The third period was slowed by a broken glass panel behind the home penalty box, and also with 18 penalties assessed as things slipped out of hand. Fifteen seconds after play resumed from glass repair, Prince George got on the board with a power play goal at 6:12, a Tyler Anderson shot from the midpoint that caught a deflection in front. As the penalties and chippy play escalated, Wenatchee found themselves on a power play late in the game, and Chris Jones blasted home a midpoint slapshot for the 6-1 final margin. Anthony Yamnitsky turned aside 12 of the 13 shots he faced to post his second postseason victory.
Wenatchee leads the best-of-seven series two games to none. The series now shifts up to Prince George for Games 3 (Tuesday at 7pm) and 4 (Wednesday at 7pm), and if necessary, Game 5 (Friday at 7pm). All Wild games are aired live locally on Sunny FM 93.9 and available online with pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com. Away game watch parties take place at Riverside Pub. Tickets are on sale now at the Wild Office, the Town Toyota Center Box Office, and online at: tickets.wenatcheewildhockey.com.
Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com). This Thursday at 8:00 pm, catch a tape delayed Wild Game of the Week on NCW Life Channel. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device. Home game photos are online at: wildhockeyphotos.com.
Official score sheet can be viewed here: http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7754