A frantic finish could not yield the tying goal for the Wenatchee Wild, as the West Kelowna Warriors started off their road trip with a 4-3 victory at the Town Toyota Center on Thanksgiving in Washington.
The Warriors opened the scoring at 6:17 as Tanner Campbell buried one past Chase Perry off a nice pass from Quin Foreman. Liam Blackburn picked up the other assist.
Connor Sodergren was the recipient of a heads-up play from Jared Marino, as Marino dropped a pass out to Sodergren as he looked like he was headed behind the goal. Sodergren's 3rd of the season squeezed through the arm of Perry.
Shortly thereafter, Brett Mennear was robbed by a big toe save from Perry, as Keelan Williams also had a couple of big pad stops to keep the Warriors 2-goal lead intact.
The Wild started strong in the 2nd period, as they were able to get the Warriors running around a little bit in their own end. It was a funny bounce in front that ended up on the stick of Brendan Harris as he cut the lead to 1.
It took 33:50 of action before the first penalty was called in the game, as the Warriors were given a 5 on 3 with calls just 25 seconds apart.
As the first penalty expired, Jonathan Desbiens beat a diving Perry off a pass from Kylar Hope. Blackburn picked up his 2nd assist of the night on the play.
West Kelowna made it 4-1 when Mennear set-up Hope on a shorthanded rush, as Hope buried one upstairs on Perry.
The Wild made it close in the final 6 minutes, as Baker redirected his 2nd past Williams, and Mike Coyne got the Wild within 1 with the net empty and 1:50 remaining.
A final minute scramble would not go the Wild way, as the Warriors open up their road trip with a 4-3 victory.
Next up for West Kelowna is a date with the Surrey Eagles on Friday night, puck drops at 7:00 with a pre-game show at 6:40 on www.mixlr.com/bchlwarriors