PHOTO: Lucas Sowder (11) had a goal and an assist as the Wild won Game 6 on Sunday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
After dropping two of the three games played on the road in the first round BCHL playoff series, the Wenatchee Wild found themselves in a must-win situation for Game 6 on Sunday night at Town Toyota Center. The Wild brought a tenacious attack, and defeated the West Kelowna Warriors 3-1 to even the series at three games apiece. The game was not without its share of controversy.
In the first three games of the series, the Warriors scored first each game. In the last three, it’s been Wenatchee. It was the 5:49 mark of the first period and the Wild were on the power play. Chad Sasaki fired a rising shot from the high slot that goalie Connor Hopkins denied with his glove hand, but the puck fell to the ice in front of him where Lucas Sowder swept it in for the 1-0 lead with his third goal of the playoffs. Only :26 seconds later, the Warriors evened the score with Parm Dhaliwal winning an offensive zone draw back to Wyatt Head at the right point, who dished across to Austin Chorney for a one-timer that found the net. The game was tied at 1 at the end of the first period with the Wild outshooting the Warriors 22-10. In the second period, the shot total climbed to 36-19 but the game remained tied at 1.
Wenatchee took the lead at 5:29 of the third period with a shorthanded goal. Josh Arnold corralled a bouncing puck on the left wing, got behind a defender, and snapped a pass across to Matt Gosiewski who wired it home glove side with a snappy one-timer and a 2-1 edge. The Warriors appeared to tie the game on a breakaway chance as Lucas Cullen lifted his shot over Austin Park’s glove and the goal light went on but the referee signaled “no goal” as Park swept the loose puck from the crease and play continued. At the next stoppage, heated discussion ensued but the “no goal” call stood. Wenatchee sealed the win with a Marko Reifenberger empty net goal in the final minute. Postgame video and photo review revealed the correct call had been made.
Game 7 will be played Monday at 7:05 pm at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. All playoff seats are priced at $10. Group discounts are available by calling the Wild office at 509-888-7825.
Wenatchee playoff games are available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Shows starting 15 minutes prior to faceoff.