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WENATCHEE BLANKS VERNON TO EVEN SERIES

PHOTO: Goalie Austin Park (35) stopped 26 shots, leading the Wild to a 3-0 win in Game 2 on Sunday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild rebounded from a disappointing Game 1 loss to fashion a solid 3-0 shutout victory in Game 2 on Sunday night at Town Toyota Center, drawing even at a game apiece in the best-of-seven BCHL Interior Conference Finals against the Vernon Vipers.

After a scoreless first period, the Wild took a 1-0 lead on a Jacob Modry snapshot from the blue line, assisted by Matt Gosiewski and Brian Adams at 6:31 of the second. For Modry, it was his third goal of the postseason. In the third period, the Wild converted on a power play to take a 2-0 lead. The Vipers tried to loft the puck out of the zone off the glass but Wild defenseman Brandon Koch was able to glove it and keep it in the zone at the right point, chopping it to Matt Gosiewski who strode to his left and wired a high blocker side wrister at 10:31. PJ Fletcher added a late empty-netter for the 3-0 margin as Austin Park turned aside all 26 shots he faced for his fourth career postseason shutout. It capped a roller coaster week for the Wild netminder who announced his NCAA Division I college commitment to Air Force earlier in the week, then was pulled after a rough start in Game 1 on Saturday, and rebounded with a strong, confident performance on Sunday to help his team even the series at a game apiece.

Park’s shutout was the twelfth postseason shutout in Wild history, and sixth since joining the BCHL. His four postseason shutouts ties him with Chase Perry for the franchise record.

The best-of-seven heads north to Vernon, BC and Kal Tire Place for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday, then returns to Town Toyota Center for Game 5 on Friday, April 5. If required, Game 6 is back in Vernon on Sunday April 7 and a potential Game 7 would be played back in Wenatchee on Tuesday April 9.

Wenatchee playoff games are available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Shows starting 15 minutes prior to faceoff. Our official away game watch parties are at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in East Wenatchee and Tap N Putt on Wenatchee Ave.