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Up and Down Game Ends in Wild Victory

In the third it looked like Salmon Arm had crawled back in, but the Wenatchee Wild put their backburners enroute to a 8-3 win.

Making his return from injury, Aiden Jenner started off his first shift with a big hit on Brandon Koch. The Silverbacks nearly opened the scoring at home four minutes in, but Noah Wakeford was turned away by Austin Park. Three goals in under two minutes led to a big push for the visitors in the Shaw Centre. With two minutes on the clock, Salmon Arm took a penalty, and the Wild scored their fourth of the game on the power play as Matt Gosiewski was alone in front of the goal and Jacob Modry swung behind the net before passing the puck out front for the Wild’s leading goal scorer to knock in making the score 4-0.

Five minutes into the second period, Wild Captain Lucas Sowder was able to tap in a puck out front to make it a 5-0 Wild lead. Right after the midway mark of the frame, Nick Unruh was setup in the slot and picked the top right corner to give the Silverbacks sophmore his 11th goal of the season putting him in a tie with Matthew Verboon for first in team goal scoring.

Salmon Arm would get within two, as two quick goals midway through the third cut the Wild lead to 5-3. A Sam MacBean shot from inside the blueline was kicked out, and Jonathan Krahn with a backhand scored his fourth of the season. With 9:58 left in the game, Akito Hirose made a great individual effort and his shot from the left faceoff circle found it’s way into the net.

Wenatchee would retake the momentum scoring three goals in under four minutes. Former Silverback Nathan Iannone took a cross ice feed from AJ Hodges for the 6-3 lead. On a net crashing play, Brian Adams scored his second goal of the game and Ethan Langenegger was taken out remaining on the ice for a few moments. Trainer Mike Bois came onto the ice, and the Silverbacks netminder was helped off the ice giving way for 16 year old AP callup Kobe Grant.

The Thompson Blazers callup faced three shots stopping two of them. The lone goal he allowed was when Blake Bargar was alone in front of the net on a power play and was able to score the eighth goal of the night for the Wild.

 

FAST FACTS: 

  • Silverback remain 5th in the Interior Division. With the Vipers winning, the two are now tied, but Salmon Arm has played one fewer game so has the tie breaker
  • It was the BCHL debut for Kobe Grant
  • Excluding the game he was injured in, Justin Wilson is now on a five game point streak

 

Key Performer: 

Named the third star of the game, Noah Wakeford continued his play as a forechecking machine. He has been great at causing turnovers the last few games for other teams, and it has led to a number of Grade-A scoring chances for his team. His assist was a great example where he found a puck in the right corner and quickly found Unruh in the slot. Wakeford now has four assists in his last four games.