BLAINE, Minn. — The Wenatchee Wild capped off their season-opening showcase Saturday with a convincing 3-1 win over the Coulee Region Chill.
The Wild wrapped up the four-day series with a 3-1 record and plenty of positives to build on going forward.
“We played well,” coach Bliss Littler said in a phone interview. “I thought we got better for the most part each period. I thought we really found out that when we move our feet, we can really make some plays.”
Coulee Region was undefeated heading into Saturday’s contest.
Parker Tuomie put Wenatchee in the lead midway through the first period on a short-handed goal off an assist from Mike Coyne.
Tuomie lit the lamp again early in the second period off an assist from Corey Sikich to give to put the team ahead 2-0. The Wild’s final goal of the evening came from Chris Koukis just two minutes after Tuomie’s second score.
The Chill scored their only goal later in the second period against Wenatchee netminder Chase Perry, who recorded 29 saves on 30 shots. Perry finished the showcase 2-0 and was half of a goalie tandem that performed well during the road stretch.
“Both our goalies played very well and I just think that each period we learned a little bit,” Littler said. “We learned to take care of the puck a little better, not quite as many turnovers from ne period to the next, and we just made some plays.”
The Wild were 0-for-5 on power play opportunities. They continue their road trip next Friday against the Bismarck Bobcats. Their home opener is scheduled for Oct. 4 against the Minot Minotauros. Next weekend’s doubleheader against Bismarck will be the team’s first road game not at a neutral site.
“When you go on the road early in the year you just want the kids to get better and have a feeling how things will be,” Littler said. “And next weekend will be the first time where there’s momentum and a home crowd. … It’ll be a good test for us.”
Minnesota 2, Wenatchee 1 (Friday)
The Wenatchee Wild suffered their first blemish of the season Friday in a showcase game with a 2-1 loss against the Minnesota Magicians.
Wenatchee struck first with a score in the second period from David Powlowski at the 11:29 mark, but the lead was short-lived.
Minnesota answered with a shorthanded goal by Cody Milligan early in the third period. The Magicians’ Mario Bianchi followed that with a score roughly six minutes later to take a 2-1 advantage.
Wild netminder Mackenzie Sawyer suffered his first loss of the season, but stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in goal.
Minnesota’s Atte Tolvanen had a strong night between the pipes, recording 33 saves on 34 shots.