Wranglers end 2022 with shootout loss

The 100 Mile House Wranglers celebrate the first goal of the night while playing the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The 100 Mile House Wranglers celebrate the first goal of the night while playing the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Forward Presley Gordon keeps a Kelowna Chief busy during a faceoff last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Forward Presley Gordon keeps a Kelowna Chief busy during a faceoff last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wranglers Ethan Davey scores on the Kelwoan Chiefs’ net last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wranglers Ethan Davey scores on the Kelwoan Chiefs’ net last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Ethan Davey celebrates scoring a successful goal for the 100 Mile Hosue Wranglers against the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Ethan Davey celebrates scoring a successful goal for the 100 Mile Hosue Wranglers against the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
As 100 Mile House Wrangler Andrew Teare fights for control of the puck he accidentally flips one of the referees to the ice while playing against the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)As 100 Mile House Wrangler Andrew Teare fights for control of the puck he accidentally flips one of the referees to the ice while playing against the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Nathan Bohmer looks for a free teammate during a game against the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Nathan Bohmer looks for a free teammate during a game against the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Ethan Davey fights for control of the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Ethan Davey fights for control of the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Jackson Altwasser moves the puck up the ice Saturday while playing against the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Jackson Altwasser moves the puck up the ice Saturday while playing against the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Fans watch as the 100 Mile House Wranglers and Kelowna Chiefs fight for the puck last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Fans watch as the 100 Mile House Wranglers and Kelowna Chiefs fight for the puck last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Keagan Landry snags the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Keagan Landry snags the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Keagan Landry snags the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press) 100 Mile House Wrangler Keagan Landry snags the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs last Saturday. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile Hosue Wrangler Andrew Teare hits the ice after bouncing off of a defending Kelowna Chief. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile Hosue Wrangler Andrew Teare hits the ice after bouncing off of a defending Kelowna Chief. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The 100 Mile House Wranglers defend their net from the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The 100 Mile House Wranglers defend their net from the Kelowna Chiefs. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler goalie Royce Watson stops a Kelowna Chief shot on net. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler goalie Royce Watson stops a Kelowna Chief shot on net. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Tyler Smoluk elbows a Kelowna Chief aside as they fight for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Tyler Smoluk elbows a Kelowna Chief aside as they fight for control of the puck. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
100 Mile House Wrangler Jace Myers attempts to steal the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs during a game Saturday night. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)100 Mile House Wrangler Jace Myers attempts to steal the puck from the Kelowna Chiefs during a game Saturday night. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A Kelowna Chief takes on net during the shootout against the 100 Mile House Wranglers Saturday night, which the Chiefs ultimately won. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)A Kelowna Chief takes on net during the shootout against the 100 Mile House Wranglers Saturday night, which the Chiefs ultimately won. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

The 100 Mile House Wranglers ended 2022 on a bittersweet note with one win and a heartbreaking loss.

The Wranglers shut out the Chase Heat 2-0 before Dec. 16 losing to the Kelowna Chiefs 6-5 Dec. 17 in a tie-breaking shootout. The Wranglers remain in fourth place in Doug Birks Division with 18 points, with just three teams ranking below them: Chase, Kelowna and Castlegar.

The Wranglers started out strong against the Chiefs, with an early goal scored by Jace Myers. But the Chiefs fought back, responding with two goals of their own. The Wranglers rallied, with Ethan Davey and hometown favourite Mason Pincott each scoring a goal before the period ended.

In the second period, the Chiefs took advantage of an early powerplay to tie up the match and the game became more physical. Derek Teare got the Wranglers back in the lead by the period’s end, while Wranglers captain Ethan Sanders brought the Wranglers’ score to five in the final period and it seemed the hometown team would finish the year with a victory. However, the Chiefs rallied, scoring another powerplay goal and tying up the game with five minutes to go.

The game was decided by a shootout, in which the Chiefs were able to score twice.

The Wranglers return to home ice on Friday, Jan. 6 to face the Kamloops Storm followed by the Nelson Leafs on Saturday, Jan. 7. The playoffs for the Teck Cup begin Feb. 17.



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