The Cranbrook Bucks have finally found the win column in Wenatchee, and it took a couple of elite performances — in addition to a complete team effort — to do it.
Cranbrook got the scoring started just 1:20 into the game when Brendan Rogers scored his fifth goal of the season.
The goal was assisted by Bauer Morrissey and Liam Hansson, and the Bucks had an early 1-0 lead.
Cranbrook took the one-goal lead into the first intermission, outshooting the Wild 12-8 in the opening 20 minutes.
Wenatchee flipped the script in the middle frame, outshooting the Bucks 17-11, and scoring twice to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
With Cranbrook down a goal as the puck dropped on the final frame, leading-scorer Tyson Dyck decided he was going to take the game over — and it didn’t take him long to get started.
Just 14 seconds into the third, Dyck picked the top corner to tie the game up at 2-2. His 29th goal of the season was assisted by Jarrod Smith and Carsyn Good.
Dyck would score again to reach the 30-goal plateau and give the Bucks a 3-2 lead just before the midway point of the period.
Johnny Johnson picked up an assist on the goal, as did Hansson for his second helper of the night.
Less than three minutes later, Dyck completed the hat-trick with his 31st goal and 64th point of the season.
Rhys Bentham and Declan Ride drew assists on the goal that gave Cranbrook a 4-2 lead in the final minutes of the game.
From there, Nathan Airey was the story, shutting the door on a Wenatchee push.
Airey made 13 saves in the third, and stopped 36 of 38 shots in the game to earn his 17th win of the season.
It was the Bucks first win in Wenatchee, and just the second in the first six games of their season series with the Wild:
- Jan. 20: @ Wenatchee (3-2 L)
- Jan. 21: @ Wenatchee (3-2 L)
- Feb. 2: @ Wenatchee (3-2 L)
- Feb. 25: vs Wenatchee (6-3 W)
- Feb. 26: vs Wenatchee (3-2 L)
- Mar. 5: @ Wenatchee (4-2 W)
- Mar. 6: @ Wenatchee (7pm)
- Mar. 26: vs Wenatchee (7pm)
Cranbrook is in Wenatchee again on Sunday night, and will welcome the Wild back to Western Financial Place for their regular season finale on Saturday, March 26.