PHOTO CREDIT: Tami Quan Photography
The Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors split the six games they played in the regular season, and now they’ve split the first four games in their best-of-seven BCHL playoff series after West Kelowna squeezed out a 2-1 overtime win in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Royal LePage Place.
Wenatchee got the first goal of the goal for the first time in the series. Lucas Sowder won a battle for the puck on the left wing boards in the neutral zone and skated in on a 2-on-1 rush, rocketing a shot up high for a 1-0 Wild lead at 16:12 of the first period. As the game moved along, the Wild took an uncharacteristic five consecutive penalties after being shorthanded only twice in the first three games combined. Wenatchee’s penalty killers were outstanding, successfully killing off all five Warrior power plays. Both goalies made numerous showstopping saves throughout the night. West Kelowna tied the game at 1 just over five minutes into the third period, a deflection of a point shot that found the net. Wenatchee outshot West Kelowna 18-7 in the third period but the elusive go-ahead goal was nowhere to be found.
West Kelowna potted the game winner at 11:38 of the first overtime. Parm Dhaliwal chased down a puck on the left wing, and forced wide, made a move toward the net and backhanded a high shot from a steep angle to even the series at two games apiece. Cal Sandquist made 31 saves, and was named third star of the game.
Game 5 will be played Friday night at 7:00 pm in West Kelowna, and Game 6 will be played on Sunday at 8:05 pm at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. If necessary, Game 7 would be Monday at 7:05 pm, also in Wenatchee. All playoff seats are priced at $10.
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.