Wild lose third straight

Arch Ecker Tells The Story of Wenatchee's 4-2 Loss at West Kelowna

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Provided by Arch Ecker and Wenatchee Wild

(Kelowna, British Columbia)…The Wenatchee Wild played 58 minutes of solid road hockey in West Kelowna against the defending BCHL and Royal Bank Cup champion Warriors. But three goals on three shots in the early part of the second period turned the complexion of the game around, helping the Warriors to a 4-2 win Saturday night at Royal LePage Place.

Wenatchee used their speed and five power plays in the first period to outshoot the Warriors 24-3 in the opening frame, the only goal being an even strength goal by Charlie Combs assisted by Brendan Harris and Brian Williams at 13:55. The second period began with the Wild on the power play, but things unraveled quickly. After successfully killing off the fifth Wild power play, Quin Foreman picked off a puck in the defensive zone and raced through two Wild defenders and was able to flip the puck over the glove hand of Garrett Nieto to tie the game at 1-1. Blake Coffey gave West Kelowna the lead on long shot from just inside the right point, off the long side pipe and in at 2:15. Then, 33 seconds later, Chase Dubois took a cross rink diagonal pass and got in behind the defense where he backhanded a high blocker side shot to take a 3-1 lead and force Wenatchee to change goalies for the third night in a row. Wenatchee was outshooting the Warriors 36-11 after two periods yet trailed 3-1, as all three goals came 1:51 apart.

In the third, Wenatchee showed life when Logan Milliken blasted a shorthanded goal at 5:26 to draw within a goal, assisted by Brendan Harris, but a minute later West Kelowna’s Matthew Campese buried a power play goal to retake the 4-2 lead that would prove to be the final, a seeing-eye blast from the left circle. Garrett Nieto stopped 3 of the 6 shots he faced in 22:48 of work, and Anthony Yamnitsky turned aside 12 of the 13 shots he saw in relief.

Wenatchee (17-5-1-0) wraps up the four game road trip Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm in Salmon Arm (10-16-0-0).