Provided by Arch Ecker and the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Club
(Wenatchee, WA)…The Wenatchee Wild will begin the Mainland Division Semi-Final Round on home ice, thanks to a 6-0 shutout victory over the Surrey Eagles on Friday night in front of 3,613 fans on “Faith and Family Night” at Town Toyota Center. The win, coupled with Langley’s 5-2 home loss to Prince George, assures at least a #2 seed for the Wild and with that comes home ice advantage in the opening round.
The Wild took a 1-0 lead on a Jasper Weatherby goal, assisted by Slava Demin and Lucas Sowder as Weatherby found the puck in the slot and used his reach to slide it around the Eagles goalie at 7:21 and Wenatchee led by that margin after 20 minutes of play. In the second period, Brian Williams, playing in his first game back after missing almost the entire month of January fired a pass to Dakota Raabe on the left wing. Raabe entered the zone and left a drop pass for Austin Chavez who had just stepped out of the penalty box and Chavez unloaded a clapper at 14:34 for a 2-0 Wild lead. Less than two minutes later, Williams was at it again, corralling a puck on the forecheck and feeding it to Charlie Combs who moved around behind the Surrey net and found Brendan Harris who tapped it in for a 3-0 lead at 16:16. 23 seconds later, a Matt Baker shot crawled over the goalie’s shoulder and crossed the line for a 4-0 edge that stood at the end of two periods.
The Wild suffocated the Eagles in the final period, outshooting them 16-3. Dakota Raabe polished off a 2-on-1 rush with Matt Baker with a shot from the right wing at 6:44, and a minute later Brendan Harris extracted a puck from deep in his own end, raced into the Surrey zone and left it for Lucas Sowder who cut to his left, then fired across the grain to put Wenatchee up 6-0 at 7:41. A cross check from Surrey’s Landon Fuller from behind across the back of Alex Bates, as Fuller dropped the gloves with Logan Milliken, then Dario Piva came after Bates resulting in all four being tossed from the game. Anthony Yamnitsky ended up turning aside all 16 shots he faced, collecting his second consecutive and fifth shutout of the season, and the tenth for the team overall.
Wenatchee (37-8-4-0) wraps up the short two-game homestand with the Surrey Eagles (15-31-3-0) on Saturday, which is “Pucks and Paws Night”, also featuring a Poster Giveaway and postgame autograph signing.
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