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WILD DOWNED AT HOME BY PENTICTON

The Wenatchee Wild (11-12-5) returned home on Thursday night to kick off a four game homestand beginning with a three-game series against the Penticton Vees (22-6-2). It was the third meeting of the year against the Vees, with the Wild going 0-1-1 in the first two in Penticton. It was the 26th meeting all-time, with the Wild holding a 7-3-1 edge in games played at Town Toyota Center.

The Vees dominated the first period of play, outshooting the Wild 21-3 and taking a 1-0 lead on a power play goal at 9:53, a shot that bounced around the Wild crease a couple of times before Penticton knocked it home. The Vees had two power plays in the period, the second one carrying over into the second period.

The second period was more of the same. The Vees capitalized on a turnover behind the net to take a 2-0 lead. Landon Parker scored a power play with a chip shot from the low slot to cut the Vees lead in half at 10:25, assisted by Ean Somoza and Mario Gasparini. Two minutes later Penticton scored again to make it 3-1, which stood to be the final at the end of two. Shots on goal favored the visitors, as the Vees held a 42-9 advantage.

The Wild showed an inspired effort early in the third, but surrendered another Penticton goal, falling behind 4-1. Wenatchee pulled to within 4-2 as Hunter Hastings flung a low shot through pads of the Vees goalie at 8:46 with the assist going to David Hejduk. Pushing to close the gap further, Wenatchee opted for the extra attacker late in the period but the Vees hit the empty net to cement their 5-2 win. Goalie Tyler Shea turned aside 49 of the 53 shots he faced.

Wild Head Coach Chris Clark said after the game, “Got to give Penticton credit, they came out ready to go tonight. Tyler Shea was excellent in net for us. We need to regroup and get back to our brand of hockey tomorrow.”

The Wild (11-13-5) and the Penticton Vees (23-6-2) continue their three-game series Friday (7:05p) and Saturday (6p). Friday is ‘Merica Night sponsored by Stetner Electric and 811. Saturday is the annual Guns N Hoses Night, sponsored by Starr Ranch. Live radio coverage will be available on NewsRadio 560 KPQ with video available at bchltv.ca

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