PHOTO: The Wild came up empty on Friday night in a 3-0 loss to the Vernon Vipers.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild had a nine-game win streak snapped on Wednesday, and on Friday saw an 8-game home winning streak come to an end as the Vernon Vipers shutout the Wild 3-0 at Town Toyota Center.
The Wild had the upper hand and dominated early on, but Vernon got the first goal when Teddy Wooding popped home a loose rebound in the crease at 6:41 of the first period. Michael Young scored on a slapshot from the midpoint at 9:54 of the first and the Wild were suddenly down 2-0 in a game they had been largely controlling. The fans roared when it appeared Brian Adams had scored on a breakaway but the play was whistled offside and the goal disallowed. Wenatchee had a decent push in the second period with a couple of power plays but still trailed 2-0 after 2. AJ Hodges clanged a shot off the post in the third as the Wild were looking to get on the board but that was as close as they would come. Wenatchee pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and used their time out with an offensive draw looming, but the Vipers chipped and cleared the puck, and Matt Kowalski chased it down and guided it to the empty net for the final 3-0 margin. The shutout was the first suffered at home since a 4-0 loss to Salmon Arm in January 2016.
Wenatchee (22-12-2) wraps up the homestand against the Vernon Vipers (13-15-6-3) on Saturday. 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 6:45 pm.