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WILD BLANKED IN GAME 4 LOSS AT VERNON

PHOTO: Jacob Modry (26) battles behind the net during Game 4 action at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, BC
CREDIT: Tami Quan Photography

The Wenatchee Wild return home for Game 5 of their best-of-seven BCHL Interior Conference Finals series facing a must-win situation following a 3-0 shutout loss to Vernon in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place. The Vipers now lead the series, three games to one.

The Vipers grabbed a first period lead when Matt Kowalski knocked home the rebound of a fluttering point shot and the 1-0 lead stood at the end of the period. Vernon doubled their lead on a power play goal in the second period as Connor  Marritt jammed the puck under the pads of Austin Park following a couple of pokes at it. Josh Latta hit the empty net late in the third for the final 3-0 margin, echoing the Wild shutout win by the same score in Game 2.

The Wild had several quality chances. Marko Reifenberger pushed a Grade A chance just wide, PJ Fletcher rang one off the blocker side post, Josh Arnold had a great look in the third period and a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush saw Murphy Stratton deliver a pass that smacked off the blade of Lucas Sowder without a shot. Austin Park made some great saves to keep the game close, notably a shorthanded breakaway try for Connor Marritt that Park turned aside.

The best-of-seven series continues at 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. The winner of this series moves on to face the Prince George Spruce Kings in the Fred Page Cup Finals.