WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee Wild needed to play more than 60 minutes of hockey for the second night in a row Friday against the Kenai River Brown Bears, but in the end they got what they wanted – a 2-1 shootout victory. Chris Kerr put the Wild up 1-0 a little over four minutes into the first period when he sniped his 14th goal of the season on a wrist shot from the top of the circles on a pass from Noah Nelson. The Brown Bears forced overtime, however, with a second remaining in regulation when Zac Lazzaro knocked in his team’s first goal of the game during a 6-on-4 situation. Conor Deal picked up the lone assist.
The game was decided in a shootout after a scoreless 5-minute overtime period. Jacob Barber, Wenatchee’s second shooter, scored what would eventually count as the game-winning goal on a high wrist shot after coming to a near stop on his trek to the cage.
With Wild goalie Robert Nichols refusing to allow a shootout goal, Kerr was able to seal the win as his team’s fourth shooter when he lit the lamp on a top shelf backhander. The Wild (28-6-4) will try to sweep this weekend’s 3-game series from the Brown Bears Saturday. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Pre-game on 560 KPQ begins at about 6-50 p.m.