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PHOTO: AJ Vanderbeck (19) is pursued by Johnny Tychonick (65) in first period action Saturday in Penticton.
CREDIT: Cherie Morgan Photography

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild’s league leading offense ran into the Penticton Vees’ league leading defense, and the result was a 2-0 win for Penticton in front of a packed house on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Wenatchee outshot the Vees 15-5 in the first period, thanks in part to a 5-on-3 power play late in the period but Penticton weathered the storm. In the second period, the Vees only managed 3 shots on goal while Wenatchee peppered goalie Mat Robson with 16 shots, but it was Penticton who scored on a power play at 3:12 to take a 1-0 lead on Duncan Campbell’s back door finish of a pass through the crease. Penticton held the 1-0 lead through two periods. At 7:31 of the third, Jimmy O’Brien laid a solid open ice hit on the Vees captain, leading James Miller to initiate a fight, leading to game misconducts for both players. Twenty four seconds later, a bouncing puck hopped over a Wild defenseman’s stick and Nic Jones raced toward the Wild net and slipped a backhander around the right leg of Anthony Yamnitsky for a 2-0 lead that ended up being the final score. The Wild had not been shutout in eighty games including playoffs dating back to Jan. 8, 2016. The modest win streak ends at four games.

Wenatchee (39-9-4-0) concludes their weekend in Trail (24-23-5-1) on Sunday, with game time set for 3:00 pm PST. After a Wednesday game at Coquitlam, the Wild return home for their final two home games of the year. All Wild games are aired live locally on Sunny FM 93.9 and available online with pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com.

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Official Game Sheet can be viewed here: http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7656

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