PHOTO: Wenatchee defeated Vernon 2-1 on Sunday night to even the best-of-seven series.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild returned to the ice 24 hours after being blanked in their playoff series opener and authored a 2-1 win in Game 2 to send the series north to Vernon even at a game apiece.
The first period saw a trio of offsetting minor penalties, and one power play chance for the Wild. Wenatchee controlled the flow and the pace for the first part of the period, and in the later minutes Vernon generated a bit of pressure but when the horn sounded after twenty minutes, the game remained scoreless.
In the second period, the Wild broke through with their first goal of the series as Brian Adams forced a turnover in the neutral zone while shorthanded. He raced in on the left wing on a 2-on-1 rush, elected to shoot and he picked the top shelf to give the Wild a 1-0 lead at 13:52 of the second period. Five minutes later, an effective sustained cycle in the Vernon zone landed on the stick of Ethan Wolthers who looped into the left circle from down low and wired a shot through the leg pads of the Vernon goalie for a 2-0 Wenatchee lead, assisted by Nico Chmelevski and Tanner Main.
Late in the third period, Vernon called a timeout and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and the strategy paid off as Matt Kowalski snapped home a crossing pass that originated from the left wing and was fired home from the right circle to make it a 2-1 game with 1:02 still to play. The Wild and goalie Daniel Chenard held fast, with Sam Morton blocking a shot at the final horn to help preserve the Wenatchee victory and even the series at one game each.
The win guarantees there will be a Game 5 in Wenatchee on Friday March 6 at 7:05 pm. Tickets go on sale for Game 5 on Monday morning at 10:00 am. Fans can visit the Wild office or call 509-888-7825 to get their seats.
The series now shifts to Vernon for Games 3 and 4. The games will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Shows airing at 6:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.
Wild playoff tickets, group packages and Season Tickets are on sale now in the Wild office. Call 509-888-7825.