PHOTO: Blake Bargar (25) scored a pair of empty-netters in Wenatchee's 5-2 win over Surrey. CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild buried a pair of empty netters late in the game to lock down a 5-2 win over the Surrey Eagles on Friday at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.
After a scoreless first period, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead when Jake Toor blocked a point shot that caromed off his leg out into the neutral zone, where he chased it down and slid a low shot through the pads of Cal Sandquist
. Two minutes later, the Wild tied it up as Chad Sasaki lofted a shot from the left side that bounced off the glass, and was swatted by Nathan Iannone
from behind the goal line and it pinballed into the net off a body and possibly an Eagle stick. The Wild fired 19 shots on goal in the second period, but the game remained tied 1-1 after two periods. Wenatchee grabbed the lead on a Murphy Stratton
goal 1:11 into the third period, finding a wide open net after Matt Dorsey
pulled three defenders his way at the left post. At 3:04, Brian Adams
got a gorgeous tip on a feed from Christophe Fillion
for a 3-1 Wild edge. The Eagles clawed back to within a goal on a Matt Barnes power play blast from the top of the right circle and the score sat at 3-2 late in the final frame. Surrey pulled their goalie for the extra skater, but a forced turnover on the backcheck by Josh Arnold
sprung Blake Bargar
into the zone where he fired into the empty net for a 4-2 lead. After Matt Dorsey
was penalized with a double minor in the final minute, Surrey again pulled the goalie for the extra skater, but the shorthanded Wild were free to fire at will without the risk of icing, and Josh Arnold
fired a zone clearing shot from 150 feet that hit the outside of the post but was chased down by Bargar who drilled his second empty-netter of the game, this one coming shorthanded with 0.4 seconds showing on the clock. Wenatchee outshot the Eagles 44-20, earning the season sweep and improving to 16-1-1 all time against the Eagles, including a 10-0-0 mark at home.
Wenatchee (11-9-2) concludes their homestand Saturday night as they welcome the Coquitlam Express. The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ” with the Pregame Shows beginning at 6:45 pm.
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