The Dawson Creek Rage walked away with a win in Wenatchee this weekend, beating the Wild 2-1 in the final match of a three game series in Washington, but lost the series 2-1.
The Rage started off the three-game North American Hockey League weekend with a 4-1 loss to the Wild in a game that was not rough by any stretch of the imagination. After several fights in the third period of the third game in Dawson Creek the previous weekend, this game had as many penalties as there were goals scored and no fights.
Dylan Rota opened the scoring in the first period when he put the puck past Wild netminder Greg Lewis late in the frame on an unassisted effort.
But the Wild scored four-straight – two in the second period and another pair in the third.
Kyle Vogel took a pass from Blake Roubos to knot the score at 12:34, and a couple of minutes later Ben Carey scored the winner on an unassisted effort.
Early in the third Chris Kerr put the puck past Dawson Creek goalie Edward Dyson, and at 14:38 Matt Cope scored an unassisted goal to make it 4-1.
Twenty-four hours later the Rage lost 3-2 after being up 2-1.
Wenatchee’s Matt Cope beat Dyson in the first to make it 1-0, but Rage captain Scott Fellnermayr knotted the score with an unassisted goal at 3:44 of the second. Dawson Creek rookie Stephen Zipp put the puck past Wild net minder Robert Nichols just over a minute later, with the help of teammates Austin Adduono and Keenan Bailey.
Chris Kerr tied the game for the hosts on the power play just 33 seconds into the third frame. Blake Roubos scored the Wild’s second power-play goal of the night at 14:00, sealing the Wild win.
On Sunday the Rage battled back from a 1-0 deficit scoring two goals in the final frame for their 10th win of the season.
Carter Page put the Rage on the board 24 seconds into the third period to tie the game at 1-1.
With just over four minutes left Ryan Matthews put the Rage ahead for good with his 20th goal of the season.
The story of the night was Edward Dyson's performance between the pipes for Dawson Creek. Dyson stopped 37 of 38 shots for the win.
The Rage are now off to Alaska to play out the regular-season string starting in Kenai River against the Brown Bears next Thursday.