PHOTO: Brian Adams (7) scored in the second period, but the Wild lost 7-2 in Game 3 Tuesday night in Vernon.
CREDIT: Tami Quan Photography
For the first time in the series, the Wenatchee Wild outshot the Vernon Vipers but it wasn’t enough as Vernon rolled to a 7-2 win, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven BCHL Interior Conference Finals.
Vernon got the first goal of the game when Logan Cash tapped home a sharp pass through the crease for a 1-0 first period lead. Ben Sanderson buried a nifty backhander up high in stride from the right circle at 4:08 of the second and the Vipers led, 2-0. Brian Adams swept home a nice goal after battling for net-front position, which allowed him to sweep home a Matt Gosiewski attempt to cut the lead to 2-1. The Vipers caught a bounce when Landon Fuller swatted a puck toward the net that bounced off three Wild players before creeping across the goal line. Twenty seconds later, Tyler Ho popped behind the defense and slipped a shot through the ankles for a 4-1 lead that stood after 2 periods.
Wenatchee had already erased a three-goal deficit once in the series, but any thoughts of that occurring in Game 3 were snuffed when Michael Young scored on a right point slapshot, Teddy Wooding tucked home a power play goal from the doorstep, and Josh Latta wired a wrister high glove side to make a 7-1 lead. With under two minutes left, Wenatchee jammed home a loose rebound that just narrowly crossed the line before being pulled back out, but the referee spotted it and Blake Bargar collected his fifth of the playoffs, providing the final margin of 7-2. The Wild outshot the Vipers 28-20, with Austin Park taking the loss with 13 saves.
The best-of-seven series continues Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place, then returns to Town Toyota Center for Game 5 on Friday, April 5. If required, Game 6 is back in Vernon on Sunday April 7 and a potential Game 7 would be played back in Wenatchee on Tuesday April 9.
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. Our official away game watch parties are at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in East Wenatchee and Tap N Putt on Wenatchee Ave.