PHOTO: Wild forward Tyler Young (18) carries the puck through the neutral zone on Friday in Penticton.
CREDIT: provided by Penticton Vees
The Wenatchee Wild season high win streak of seven consecutive victories came to an end on Friday night as the Penticton Vees posted a 4-1 win at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC.
Penticton opened the scoring on a shorthanded goal in the first period when the puck flipped on edge on rolled to where Colton Kalezic could swat it home for a 1-0 lead. Danny Weight capitalized on a failed clearing attempt that bounced his way late in the first and the Vees led 2-0 after 1.
Wenatchee cut into the lead four minutes into the second period when affiliate player Owen Bohn tipped a Jerrett Overland shot into the net for his first Junior A goal. Matt Dorsey rang a shot off the post but Penticton’s 2-1 lead carried into the final period. It was there that the Vees pulled away, with Tyler Ho lifting a turnover into the net and Darwin Lakoduk putting home a rebound for the final 4-1 margin. Daniel Chenard was sharp in goal, turning aside 29 of 33 shots but was saddled with the loss.
With Vernon and Salmon Arm both losing in regulation, Wenatchee maintains a 1-point lead over both teams and standing alone in third place. A Wenatchee win Saturday would clinch third place and a first-round date with the Victoria Grizzlies, regardless of how the other teams close out their final games.
Wenatchee (30-23-4) wraps up the regular season Saturday in Penticton (43-12-2). The game will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Show airing at 5:45 pm Saturday. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Watch Party will be at Bob’s Burgers and Brew.
Wild playoff ticket packages and Season Tickets are on sale now in the Wild office. Call 509-888-7825.