(story provided by Arch Ecker and the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Club)
(Duncan, BC)…After losing the first two games of their three-game road swing, the Wenatchee Wild reasserted themselves as they blanked the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-0 on Saturday night in Duncan, BC, Canada.
Veteran forward Dakota Raabe gave the Wild all the offense they would require at 13:41 of the first period as fired a low shot into the net from the right circle. Wenatchee then had to kill off a full two minute 5-on-3 Capitals power play and did so successfully, thanks in part to a couple of magnificent saves by Anthony Yamnitsky, bringing a 1-0 lead and plenty of momentum into the locker room. Charlie Combs rifled a shot from the right wing glove side for a 2-0 lead at 3:01 of the second period, as the Wild held the Caps without a shot for the first seven minutes of the period and outshot them 15-3 in the middle frame.
In the third period, Dakota Raabe struck again, as he tipped an AJ Vanderbeck shot at 5:14 that bounced past the Capitals goalie to put Wenatchee up 3-0, and that opened the floodgates. At 6:47, Vanderbeck flung a puck at the net from down low on the left wing wall that found twine, and then at 8:06, Brendan Harris one-timed a Charlie Combs pass to give the Wild a 5-0 lead. The Wild weathered the Capitals late desperate push and helped Yamnitsky collect his fourth shutout of the season, and the team’s ninth as he turned aside all 20 Cowichan Valley shots.
Wenatchee (36-8-4-0) returns home this coming weekend for a pair of games with the Surrey Eagles (15-29-3-0), with Faith and Family Night on Friday with groups of 25 or more being offered $3 tickets. Saturday is Pucks and Paws Night, which also features a Poster Giveaway and post-game autograph signing.
Get your tickets today online by visiting: http://tickets.wenatcheewildhockey.com or visit the Wild office.