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PHOTO: The Wild fell 3-1 to the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild and Victoria Grizzlies treated fans to an end-to-end hockey game with several chances at either end of the rink but it was Victoria who emerged as the winner, squeezing out a 3-1 win on Saturday night at Town Toyota Center with over 3,000 fans in attendance.

It was only :40 seconds into the game when Alex Newhook put the Grizzlies on top, his shot finding the low stickside corner of the net. Wenatchee’s Marko Reifenberger muscled home a power play goal early in the second to knot the score at 1-1. Matt Gosiewski appeared to give the Wild a 2-1 lead, but following an extended discussion the goal was disallowed by reason of incidental contact in the crease. Victoria’s Kenny Johnson shoveled home a puck under the pads of Austin Park on a power play for a 2-1 lead about five minutes later. The Grizzlies were awarded a penalty shot in the third period but the attempt sailed wide. In the final minute and a half, the Wild pulled Park for the extra attacker but were unable to find the tying goal. Jordan Guiney added an empty netter for the Grizzlies with seven seconds remaining for the final 3-1 margin. It was Victoria’s first win in four visits to Wenatchee, and their first ever in regulation. Wenatchee outshot the Grizzlies, 34-20.

Wenatchee (25-15-2) has three games in four nights next week, beginning on Wednesday night with a 6:00 pm faceoff against the Penticton Vees (27-12-1-2). The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Show starting at 5:45 pm.