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PHOTO: Wenatchee dropped a 4-3 decision in regulation on Wednesday in Vernon. 
CREDIT: Lisa Mazurek Photography

Three unanswered goals for Wenatchee had the Wild in the lead with a 3-1 advantage after two periods. The hometown Vernon Vipers rallied for three unanswered goals of their own in the third period to post a 4-3 win on Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, BC.

Vernon scored first as JoJo Tanaka-Campbell swatted home a rebound four minutes into the game, but Wenatchee’s Tyler Young muscled home a shot from low in the right circle to knot the score. Quinn Emerson snapped home the rebound of a Noah Lugli point shot to put the Wild ahead 2-1 in the first, and Nick Cafarelli rifled a shot from down low on the right wing early in the second for a 3-1 lead, chasing the starting Viper goalie. The Wild lead stood at 3-1 heading into the final frame.

Vernon came into the third period on a power play and crazy sequence of bounces landed the puck where Ben Helgeson could flip it home to make it 3-2. Logan Cash tied it for the Vipers two minutes later, and midway through the period Cameron MacDonald put Vernon ahead to stay on a top shelf laser from a nearly impossible angle on the goal line. The Wild opted for the empty net and extra attacker late in the game but were unable to generate the equalizer and Vernon held on for the 4-3 win. The Vipers outshot the Wild 29-23.

Wenatchee (23-21-4) heads east to face the second place Trail Smoke Eaters (31-14-5) on Friday before returning home to face Coquitlam on Saturday. The games will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Shows airing at 6:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Away game Watch Party location is Bob’s Burgers and Brew.

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