The Wenatchee Wild got off to a good start on Friday’s “Faith and Family Night” but the visiting Penticton Vees rallied to post a 4-1 win Friday night at Town Toyota Center with a crowd of 2,466 on hand.
Wenatchee had the upper hand for a good portion of the first period. After being outshot 3-0 in the opening moments, the Wild rebounded to outshoot Penticton 12-6 overall in the opening frame. One of those shots was the opening goal of the game as Matt Dorsey punched home the rebound of a Brian Adams shot that was set up by Brett Chorske and the Wild led 1-0 at the 11:17 mark. Penticton tied it up late in the first on a Jackson Niedermayer backhander and the game was tied 1-1 at the first intermission.
With the teams skating 4-on-4 in the second period, the Wild were trying to clear the puck from the slot area but Vees forward Jay O’Brien was able to dig it out and flip it into the net for a 2-1 lead. O’Brien added another four minutes later capitalizing on a turnover for a 3-1 lead. Lukas Sillinger drove a shot home from the lower right circle just :20 seconds into the third for the final 4-1 margin. The Vees outshot Wenatchee 31-21 and remain tied for first in the Interior.
Wenatchee (11-9-2) wraps up their four-game homestand Saturday night with the Penticton Vees (17-4-1). The game will be broadcast on “SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk”. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Game time is 7:05 pm.