PHOTO: Matt Dorsey’s breakaway goal in the second period gave Wenatchee a 3-1 lead.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
In the final game of a four-game homestand for Wenatchee, the Wild shook off an early 1-0 deficit and battled back to a 4-3 win in regulation over their Interior Division rival Penticton Vees on Wednesday night.
The Vees scored first just over four minutes into the game as Colton Kalezic swept home a rebound and the lead held at the first intermission. In the second period, the Wild roared back with three unanswered tallies. On an early second period power play, Brett Chorske pounced on a failed Penticton zone clearing attempt and buried a backhander to get the Wild on the board. Just over a minute later, Harrison Scott drove home the rebound of a Matt Dorsey attempt and Wenatchee had a lead they would never relinquish. Dorsey added to the lead when he finished off a Jack Bayless pass with a full speed forehand-backhand deke to the blocker side and it was 3-1 Wild midway through the game, and it stayed that way into the third period. The Vees cut into the Wild lead when Darwin Lakoduk scored on a rebound three minutes into the final frame, but Wenatchee regained their two-goal edge when Nico Chmelevski jammed in the rebound of a Brett Chorske attempt, walking out of the left corner. Penticton pulled within a goal on an odd deflection in the slot that ping-ponged across the line and it was a one-goal hockey game with five minutes to play. The Vees called timeout and pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with 1:44 to play, and the Wild were penalized for a late slashing call that gave the Vees a 6-on-4 opportunity, but Daniel Chenard and the Wild fended off the attack and held on for the 4-3 win. Chenard closed out the night with 29 saves on 32 shots.
The Wild and Vees next meet on Feb.21 and 22 at the SOEC in Penticton. The Wild are sending a Fan Bus to Penticton for the weekend. For more info, call 509-888-7825 or visit the team website.
Wenatchee (16-12-4) heads out on a three game road trip beginning Saturday in Vernon at 6p. The game will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ, with the Pregame Show airing at 5:45 pm. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV. Watch Party is at Bob’s Burgers and Brew in East Wenatchee.