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WILD ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFFS IN GAME 5 LOSS

PHOTO: Wild and Vipers exchange handshakes following Friday’s game. 

The Wenatchee Wild had their 2019-20 season come to an end on Friday night at Town Toyota Center as they were handed an 8-3 loss to the Vernon Vipers to wrap up the best-of-seven series in five games.

The Vipers wasted no time, scoring :23 seconds into the game on a shot from the right wing on their first shot on goal. Their second shot didn’t come for another four minutes, but that one went off the glove of a Wild defender and into the net for a 2-0 Vernon lead. The Vipers scored 5 seconds into a power play to make it 3-0, bringing goalie Noah Altman from the bench to relieve Daniel Chenard. Nick Cafarelli dangled through the Viper defense and went top shelf to make it a 3-1 game by the end of the first.

Early in the second period Matt Dorsey picked the top glove side corner from the left circle to pull the Wild within a goal, but the Vipers scored the next three goals to pull out to a 6-2 lead in the third. Brett Chorske squeezed a shot through to make it 6-3 with just over three minutes to play, but Vernon tallied twice more late for the eventual 8-3 win that clinched the series, sending the Vipers on to the second round to face Penticton.

Wenatchee Wild group packages and Season Tickets are also available in the Wild office. Call 509-888-7825 or visit the team website online at wenatcheewildhockey.com.