After defeating Merritt 3-2 in overtime Friday the Chiefs boarded the bus and headed down to Wenatchee for tonight’s tilt against the Wild. Whenever these two teams meet, it’s always an entertaining game and tonight was no different. The first period saw Daniel Chenard, who was making his second straight start turn away all 13 shots the Wild sent his way, while Wild netminder Cal Sandquist did the same to the 3 shots the Chiefs fired at him. The first period would end 0-0.
Ethan Bowen would break the ice at the 14:39 mark of the second period, scoring his 18th of the season on a penalty shot, sending a crisp wrist shot past Sundquist to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile Chenard made sure the Wild did not have an opportunity to get back into the game, keeping the door closed on all 5 Wild shots. The Chiefs would take a 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
The Wild finally hit the score sheet at the 15:47 mark of the third period on Marko Reifenberger’s third of the year. Despite both teams having opportunities to take the lead, neither were able to capitalize on them sending the game into overtime tied at 1.
The 5 minute sudden death overtime proved to be fruitless for both teams and a shoot out would be needed to decide the game. First up for the Chiefs was former member of the Wild, Jacques Bouquot. Bouquot would put one past Sandquist to give the Chiefs a 1-0 shoot out lead. Daniel Chenard would turn away the Wild’s Tellier and Fletcher, but couldn’t stop Matt Gosiewski, while Sundquist turned away Willits and Blaisdell forcing the shoot out to continue to decide the game winner.
Harrison Blaisdell was up first for the Chiefs and Sandquist slammed the door shut denying Blaisdell a chance to notch his team leading 31st goal of the year. Daniel Chenard then denied AJ Hodges the chance to be the hero for the Wild, bringing up the Chiefs ‘Carter Wilkie next. Wilkie would slide one past Sundquist to give the Chiefs the shoot out lead and putting the Wild’s Matt Dorsey in a must score situation. And again, Daniel Chenard denied the Wild giving the Chiefs a 2-1 shoot out win. The win keeps the Chiefs on top of the Mainland Division and BCHL standings.
The Chiefs return home to take on the Langley Rivermen on Wednesday night, game time 7pm.