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WILD COME UP EMPTY IN 2-0 LOSS AT VERNON

PHOTO:  Players battle for a loose puck in the corner on Saturday night in Vernon. The Vipers won, 2-0. 
CREDIT: HockeyTV screenshot

As the Wenatchee Wild continue their 11-game road swing to open the season, they dropped their third consecutive game on Friday night after winning 4 of their first 5 to open the year. It was the Vernon Vipers who posted a 2-0 win at Kal Tire Place in the second meeting of the year. The win for Vernon snapped a two game losing skid.

Wenatchee dominated the first period of play, outshooting the Vipers 16-5 but the game was scoreless at the horn. IN the second period, Vernon took advantage of a friendly home-ice hop when a wide shot sprung off the end boards and was swatted off the back of Wild goalie Austin Park for a 1-0 Viper edge. Vernon added an insurance goal on the power play midway through the period on slapshot from the midpoint with traffic in front of the net. The second period belonged completely to Vernon. In the final frame, Wenatchee mounted pressure but never really came close to pulling even, and the Vipers slithered to a 2-0 win.

Wenatchee (4-4-0) concludes the current 3 games in 4 nights road swing on Saturday night in Trail against the Smoke Eaters (4-2-1) in an Interior Conference Finals rematch. The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and broadcast live on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with the Pregame Show airing at 6:45 pm.

The Wild Home Opener will be Friday October 12 against the Nanaimo Clippers, and will feature the unveiling of the Championship Banners, a Ring Ceremony, and more.