Provided by Arch Ecker and the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Club
(Wenatchee, WA)…In the final home game of the regular season, the Wenatchee Wild shook off an early 1-0 deficit by pouring in six unanswered goals to complete the weekend sweep of the Langley Rivermen with 3,482 fans in attendance at Town Toyota Center on Saturday night. The Wild complete the home portion of their schedule with a record of 26-0-2, and outscoring opponents 164-45, for a differential of +119 goals.
After enduring a 10-2 pounding on Friday, Langley stepped out with a solid push on Saturday night and were rewarded with Zac Masson slipping a shot through the leg pads of Anthony Yamnitsky at 1:52 for a 1-0 lead. Dakota Raabe tied it up for the Wild at 8:07 and the game remained tied at the end of the first. 25 seconds into the second period, Brian Williams deflected a Chris Jones shot past Bo Didur for a 2-1 lead. At 14:31, Charlie Combs stuffed home a power play goal, then added another 5-on-3 power play goal at 19:29 and Wenatchee led 4-1 after 2. Brendan Harris assisted on all three second period tallies. At 3:25 of the third, Chris Jones ripped home his ninth of the year, and Troy Conzo fired a power play goal off a Rivermen defenseman in the crease for the final 6-1 margin. Anthony Yamnitsky made 18 saves to collect his 30th win of the year. The three power play goals for the Wild tie the franchise record of 74, set in 2010-11. Chris Jones delivered the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”, recording a goal, assist, and a fight in the same game. Brian Williams extended his goal scoring streak to five games. Brendan Harris notched his 31st multi-point game.
The Wild’s Magic Number for a Mainland Division title and #1 seed overall is now down to just 2.
Wenatchee (43-9-4-0) plays their final two regular season games at Langley (28-18-6-2) on Thursday and Friday. 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.