PHOTO: Wild center Brett Chorske (16) lines up for a faceoff on Friday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild got off to a quick start in their first game at home in nearly three weeks and applied good pressure for the first half of the opening period. The visiting West Kelowna Warriors managed the first goal, though, when Drew Vieten snapped home a carom off the endboard that originated from the right point, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. Brendan Pigeon put West Kelowna up 2-0 as he found a rebound in the high slot to sweep home.
The Warriors added two more in the middle frame, despite being outshot 18-6 in the period, and 30-15 overall through two periods. Wenatchee trailed 4-0 after 2. West Kelowna added one final tally on Brandon Dent’s second of the night at 13:20 of the third. Wenatchee did a good job of staying out of the penalty box, only taking one penalty all night. On that penalty kill in the third period, Luke Ormsby got in behind the Warrior defense and despite a defender’s hook was able to lift a shot over the Warrior goalie’s glove for a short-handed goal, Wenatchee’s third of the season. Harrison Scott tipped in a Dylan Herzog shot at 18:09 for a 5-2 margin that would be the final.
Wenatchee (5-4-2) wraps up their short two game homestand Saturday night against the West Kelowna Warriors (3-9-3). The games will be broadcast live on NewsRadio 560 KPQ. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.