PHOTO: Trevor Griebel (wearing 21 for the night) had this power play chance denied in the third period. Wenatchee lost Game 5 on the road and now faces elimination.
CREDIT: Tami Quan Photography
For the Wenatchee Wild, their backs are now against the wall as they face elimination in the opening round after losing Game 5 on the road Friday night. Wenatchee now trails three games to two in their best-of-seven BCHL playoff series with West Kelowna with a must-win Game 6 slated for Sunday night at Town Toyota Center.
The Wild dominated in the areas of shots on goal, puck possession, and quality chances, and scored early on a Murphy Stratton power play goal a minute into the game. West Kelowna was afforded few chances, but they made the most of them. The Warriors tied the game at 16:25 of the first when Garrett Worth tipped home a slap-pass from the left point, then took the lead at 14:21 of the second as Bennett Norlin tucked a low shot behind Cal Sandquist from the top of the crease. With a 28-14 shots on goal advantage through two periods, the Wild were getting chances and consistently knocking on the door. Then in the opening minute of the third period, Lucas Cullen spun and whipped the puck from below the goal line to the side of the net where it deflected into the net off the skate of the Wild goalie for a 3-1 lead, prompting a Wild goaltending change. Wenatchee had successfully killed off ten West Kelowna power plays in a row over the last two games but the Warriors broke through as Parm Dhaliwal wired a one-timer from the left circle to make it 4-1 with 4:36 to play. The Wild continued to press and Nathan Iannone was able to muscle a loose puck home from the crease to pull with two goals a minute later but several net front scrambles yielded no return as the Warriors held on for the 4-2 victory. The Wild outshot West Kelowna, 41-23.
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. For tickets, call 509-888-7825.
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.