Not a wild night for Vees

The Penticton Vees couldn't duplicate their third-period comeback from Friday night, falling 4-2 on the road to the Wenatchee Wild on Saturday.

The Vees got out to 2-1 lead after the first period, in front of the 2,582 opposing fans.

After an early goal from Wenatchee, Penticton struck twice courtesy of Jack Barnes and Luke Reid.

For the 16-year-old Reid, his powerplay goal was his first in the B.C. Hockey League.

But that would be all the offense the Vees would muster on the night.

The Wild regained their lead with two second-period goals, and added an insurance marker early in the third period. 

Final shots were 35-24 for Wenatchee on the night. 

The Wild went 2-4 on the powerplay while the Vees were 1-3.

Vees defenseman Kenny Johnson received a game misconduct for a blow to the head penalty in the second period. That infraction comes with an attached four-game suspension, unless overturned by the league.

Adam Scheel made 31 saves in the loss, and Chris Klack and Joe Leahy continued to sit out due to injury.

Despite the loss, the stats line would indicate a stronger game from the Vees than what their lone visit last season to Wenatchee showed.

The Vees dropped a 4-1 score to the Wild when those teams met south of the border last year, and Wenatchee outshot Penticton 48-16.

The Wild won an unprecedented 26 out of 28 games in their building last season, the Town Toyota Centre.

With Saturday's victory they have won five of seven games so far at home this year.

The Vees did get to exact revenge last season after their loss in Wenatchee, as they earned a 2-0 shutout win when the Wild visited the South Okanagan Events Centre later in the year.

With these two teams now in the same division, they will meet six times this season as opposed to only twice a year ago.

In fact, the Vees and the Wild meet again in Penticton in just four days from now.

That game on Oct. 25 will be the Vees' fifth game in eight nights.

Puck drop between the teams will be at 7:00 p.m.

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