PHOTO: The Wild and Vipers shake hands following Wenatchee’s Game 5 loss on Friday night.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild made it to the Interior Conference Finals for the second year in a row but following Friday’s 3-1 home loss in Game 5 to the Vernon Vipers, have now been eliminated and their season is over.
With the prospect of elimination looming, Wenatchee was dominant in the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead on a Marko Reifenberger tally just over three minutes into the game, assisted by Cristophe Tellier and Hunter Hastings. Wenatchee outshot the Vipers 16-7, and both goalies made some high-level saves. Vernon tied the game early in the second, and the Vipers clamped down defensively. The tying goal was a Jack Judson slapshot from the blue line that nicked the inside of the post, and Ben Sanderson fluttered a rebound under the crossbar at 8:28 just as a Wild penalty was expiring, giving the Vipers a 2-1 lead. Late in the second, skating 4-on-4, Jagger Williamson wired a shot into the top corner on the blocker side for a 3-1 lead that was enough to win the game and clinch the series.
Vernon moves on to face the Prince George Spruce Kings in the Fred Page Cup Finals, beginning next Friday in Prince George at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
For Wenatchee, there are six players who are aging out of junior hockey, and more who will be moving on to play college hockey next season. There are several eligible to return. Building a roster is a fluid process, and that process will play out over the coming months. Tryouts will be held in late April in Anaheim and Tempe, and a camp will be held in Wenatchee this summer as well. It will be a short summer as the 2019-20 Wenatchee Wild Main Camp will open in late August, just over four months from now.
Season ticket packages are more affordable than ever, with payment plans that fit your budget. For more information on how to get yours, call the Wild office at 509-888-7825.