Fairbanks, AK. – The Wenatchee Wild took game one of the Midwest Division finals against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-0 Friday night at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period the Wild would break through for the game’s opening goal late in the second period, as Jakob Ahlgren broke down the slot and tucked home a backhander in close. The Wild stretched the lead to 2-0 off a turnover at the blue line, as Parker Tuomie broke in all alone and scored. Fairbanks would pull their goaltender with 2:30 remaining in regulation time, but Tuomie would score for Wenatchee into the empty net. Then, with the goaltender back in, Mike Coyne scored the final tally as the Wild would go on to win, 4-0. “I thought it was a very good effort” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “It started with Chase Perry making all the saves he had to make. I thought we did a good job of limiting their second chances and it was good that we were able to establish a fore check. I’m sure we’ll get their A game tomorrow night, it’ll be a big challenge for us.” Wenatchee leads the best-of-five series, 1-0. The Wild will face the Ice Dogs in game two of the Midwest Division finals Saturday in Fairbanks, with the game getting underway at 8:35pm. Pre-game on KPQ at about 8:20pm.
Good news for boaters heading into the holiday weekend. Chelan County PUD spokeswoman Suzanne Hartman says Spring runoff has helped increase river flows, meaning the river levels are rising enough to allow for boat launch accessibility. The two public boat launches now open are: Riverfront Park at the base of Orondo Avenue near Pybus Market and the launch at Wenatchee Confluence State Park in Olds Station. Hartman says boaters need to be aware of the possibility for changing river levels, which could change quickly. Also, inspect any boat ramp to be sure you can safely launch your boat. She says the District is looking into ways to keep boat launches open throughout the summer if river levels drop as a result of the Wanapum Dam situation.