PHOTO: Chad Sasaki got the Wild on the board with this power play goal in the second period.
CREDIT: HockeyTV screenshot
The Wenatchee Wild came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game at 2, but the Penticton Vees squeezed out a go-ahead goal followed by an empty netter to defeat the Wild 4-2 on Friday night at South Okanagan Events Centre.
Both teams brought good energy to the opening period, with a couple of quality scoring chances at either end turned aside, but the lone goal of the period was a hard wrister from Massimo Rizzo, picking the top corner glove side for a 1-0 Vees lead. Rizzo assisted on the Vees second goal from below the goal line, tossed out front for defenseman Jonathan Smart who snuck down into the right circle to drive home the shot for a 2-0 lead at 3:08. Wenatchee got on the board to make it a one-goal game when Chad Sasaki drilled a shot into the same corner Rizzo had picked a period prior, the goal coming on a power play at 19:35, assisted by PJ Fletcher and AJ Hodges. At 3:39 of the third, Matt Gosiewski blasted a shot from the right wing half wall that tied the game at 2, assisted by Matt Dorsey and Nathan Iannone. Wenatchee held Penticton without a single shot on goal for the first nearly 10 minutes of the third period, but a Vees squeaker changed the course of the game. Defenseman Evan McIntyre threw a shot on net that clipped a leg on the way in, sending the puck fluttering. Austin Park saw it all the way and made a shoulder save, but the puck rolled up and over his shoulder where Ryan Sandelin was able to push it across the line for a 3-2 Vees edge. The Wild attempted to find the equalizer with the extra skater, but David Silye found the empty net for the 4-2 final. Wenatchee outshot Penticton 24-20. The Wild are now 3-1-0-1 vs Penticton this season but trail the Vees by ten points in the Interior Division.
Wenatchee (27-18-2-3) is home on Saturday night to face the Vernon Vipers (21-18-7-3) on “Guns N Hoses Night”, featuring a Police vs Fire game at 5pm, and a live jersey auction. 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.