Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Submitted by Scott Campbell
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks hosted the NAHL's Wenatchee Wild from Washington State on Sunday afternoon at the Shaw Centre, just a day after the Wild took a 9-5 victory over the Vernon Vipers.
The 'Backs; dressing a youthful line-up of hopefuls, skated well with the elder Wild team and stayed with them on the score sheet, eventually falling just short, losing by a score of 3-2 in the opening game of Salmon Arm's Exhibition Schedule.
Two penalties on the Salmon Arm side from Brett Leidl and Sean Flanagan while the Wild’s Blake Roubos went to the box.
Wenatchee controlled the flow of the puck for the majority of the frame but failed to capitalize on its chances.
A power-play goal early in the second off the stick of 20 year old Penticton native Chris Kerr gave Wenatchee a 1-0 lead.
18 year old Jake O'Borksy scored to give the Wild a 2-0 lead after a strong push back from the younger SilverBacks
After a collision in the corner, T.J Christensen found himself behind the play and alone at the blue line for a break-away pass; he made no mistake with a ton of time buried one behind the Wild keeper.
A massive scramble in the crease was to the benefit of Sean Flanagan who tied the game 2-2 and helped create an exciting 3rd period
Wenatchee's Nathan Flynn was the hero on this afternoon; capitalizing on a break-away with minutes left he buried to give the American squad a 3-2 lead.
Flanagan had a chance to tie it up with 3.4 seconds left but it wasn't meant to be as the Wild won their second game in two days against team from the Interior Conference. This one by a score of 3-2.