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WILD FALL 6-4 IN VERNON

PHOTO: The Wild came up short in Saturday’s 6-4 loss at Vernon.
CREDIT: Lisa Mazurek Photography

Kicking off a three-game road swing on Saturday night in Vernon, the Wild special teams were victimized as the Vipers went 3 for 4 on the power play, and scored a shorthanded goal during a five-minute major Wild power play on the way to a 6-4 win on Saturday night at Kal Tire Place in Vernon, BC.

Brett Chorske opened the scoring for Wenatchee midway through the first period with a blistering shot up high. Vernon tied it on a Matt Kowalski five-hole dribbler that launched Vernon’s Teddy Bear Toss event. Brian Adams hammered a power play goal from the bottom of the right circle at 6:50 of the second period for a 2-1 lead. Fourteen seconds later, Vernon went on the power play themselves and seven seconds into that power play they scored as Cameron MacDonald converted. At 12:36, Vernon defenseman Landon Fuller was issued a five-minute major and game misconduct for a hit on Matt Dorsey that took him out the game. On the ensuing power play, a snapped stick on a Wild point shot became an odd-man rush the other way, and a Viper shorthanded goal by Dawson Holt gave them a 3-2 lead. In the final minute of the period, another Vernon power play goal made it 4-2 at the second intermission.

Wenatchee got a positive jolt early in the third as Drew Bavaro wired a shot through the pads of the Viper goalie from the blue line at 2:31 and had closed the gap to 4-3. At 12:59, Vernon regained their two-goal cushion when Holt finished off a crisp pass from Elan Bar-Lev-Wise on a rush for a 5-3 lead, then converted another power play chance, this one by MacDonald for his second of the game for a 6-3 edge. Wenatchee responded quickly, with Tyler Young setting up Hunter Hastings for a one-timer to make it 6-4. Wenatchee pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and kept consistent pressure but couldn’t close the gap. Daniel Chenard took the loss, stopping 16 of 22 shots on the night.

Wenatchee (16-13-4) continues their road trip Sunday at Coquitlam (7:15 pm). The game will be broadcast and streamed online with SportsRadio 1340 The Hawk, with the Pregame Show airing at 7:00 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Watch Party is at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in East Wenatchee.