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WILD BESTED BY VEES IN SHOWCASE FINALE

PHOTO: Drake Usher (27) defends the zone during Saturday’s BCHL Showcase game in Penticton, BC, Canada.
CREDIT: Garrett James Photography

The Wenatchee Wild found themselves in a 2-0 hole before many fans found their seats, and a strong push back into the game fell short as the Penticton Vees won their tenth game in a row, 5-3 on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton. It was the final game of the BCHL Showcase Presented by Bauer.

It was :59 seconds into the game. The Wild zone clear attempt was intercepted by the Vees at the blue line and the initial shot was poked aside but Colton Kalezic knocked it the rebound home for a quick 1-0 lead. Lightning struck again :19 seconds later when again, a Wild pass deflected to create a Penticton scoring chance and though Daniel Chenard made the initial save, the rebound slid straight to Kalezic who snapped it home and the Wild trailed 2-0 just 1:18 into the contest. The Vees kept up the pressure for most of the first period, but the Wild cut the lead in half at 10:56 when Nick Cafarelli got the last touch on a net front scramble on Wenatchee’s first power play and the score read 2-1 after 1.

Penticton regained their two-goal lead on a Jackson Niedermayer snapshot from the right circle early in the second, but Quinn Emerson responded to make it 3-2, set up by the solid forecheck of Nick Cherkowski and the sharp feed from Hunter Hastings. After Jay O’Brien made it a 4-2 game, Matt Dorsey wired a wrister over the shoulder of Vees netminder Derek Krall and it was 4-3 Penticton after 2.

Wenatchee’s penalty killers were tested and responded with two huge 5-on-3 penalty kills early in the third. The Wild had three power play chances in the third but were stifled, and the Vees posted an insurance marker at 10:56 of the third by Lukas Sillinger for the final 5-3 margin.

Wenatchee (5-3-2) heads home for a pair of games against the West Kelowna Warriors (2-9-2). The games will be broadcast live on NewsRadio 560 KPQ. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.