With seven players scratched due to injury and playing the third game in four nights with a reduced roster, the Wenatchee Wild put up a valiant fight before falling to the Vernon Vipers in a 2-1 shootout loss with over 3,300 in attendance at Town Toyota Center for “Guns N Hoses Night”.
The Wild and Vipers appeared to be headed to a scoreless tie to close out the first period, but with 30 seconds left on the clock and the teams skating 4-on-4 as a result of penalties, Wild defenseman Trevor Griebel scored his first Junior A goal from the high slot, assisted by Blake Bargar and Chad Sasaki and the Wild led 1-0 after one period of play. Vernon tied the game at 1 apiece :20 seconds into the second period with a shorthanded goal by Connor Marritt who finished off a pass from the left wing corner. Goalie Cal Sandquist was tremendous in net, making a number of key stops, including several during six successful penalty kills. The game remained tied 1-1 after 60 minutes of regulation play, and five minutes of 3-on-3 overtime. In the best of three shootout, Vernon got scores from their second and third shooters, while Wenatchee was turned aside on both of their chances, leaving Vernon victorious by the margin of 2-1.
Wenatchee (27-18-2-4) heads to the Island over the weekend for games at Cowichan Valley on Friday and Victoria on Saturday before returning to the Mainland to face Coquitlam Sunday at 3 pm. The games will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Show starting at 6:45 pm.
Press release provided by Wenatchee Wild.