SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Wenatchee Wild had a frustrating end to a two-week road series that yielded just one point.
Wenatchee (5-6-1 overall) suffered a 3-2 overtime loss Saturday against the Soo Eagles in part two of a doubleheader. The Wild have lost four straight, but were in contention in every defeat. Bad breaks dogged Wenatchee in just about every contest during the road trip and Saturday was no exception.
“Call the cops, that one absolutely got stolen from us,” coach Bliss Littler said in a phone interview.
Wenatchee gave up a goal with just 26 seconds left in regulation during a 5-on-3 Eagles power play. Soo hit the go-ahead goal with :50 left in overtime.
The Wild had scores called back in both contests against the Eagles and outshot their opponent 63-56 in regulation.
“It’s tough,” Littler said. “This group deserved both points tonight and Soo didn’t deserve any. That’s tough to take. You travel this far, the money that’s spent to come out here and have a couple things decide the outcome. That’s frustrating.”
Wenatchee took a 2-1 lead off a score from Parker Tuomie early in the second period and held the advantage for the majority of play. It was in good shape to cap the four-game road series with a couple of points, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a tripping call with less than four minutes remaining in regulation left the Wild understaffed and unable to keep Soo at bay. The Wild were outshot 8-0 after the late penalties.
“All four games we played well,” Littler said. “All four games we probably deserved points. It’s frustrating, but the kids are playing hard.
We outplayed the Soo badly both nights — we definitely deserved a better outcome.”
Littler saw good effort from his players and has seen steady improvement in the young team since it began play in September.
“We’re competing for more loose pucks and we’re creating more scoring chances, we’re just not at that point,” Littler said. “A little adversity is still getting the better of us.”
The Wild return home next weekend to host the Kenai River Brown Bears for a three-game series beginning Friday.