Vees stumble against Wild

The Penticton Vees were stymied by a stellar performance from Wenatchee Wild goalie Austin Park, falling 3 - 1 at home Wednesday night.

Wenatchee opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from Brian Adams on a three-on-two rush, flicking the puck over the blocker of Jack LaFontaine.

Three minutes later Chad Sasaki extended Wenatchee’s lead on a similar play to give the Wild a 2-0 lead with 8:08 to play in the period.

Trailing 2-0 after two, the Vees got an early power-play goal. David Silye took a shot from the right circle that was deflected by Ryan Sandelin just 1:07 into the third to cut the lead to 2-1.

Pressing to find the tying goal, the Vees gave up plenty of chances over the remainder of the period, but LaFontaine stood on his head.

The Wild outshot the Vees 15-5 over the final period despite plenty of zone time for Penticton, before Josh Arnold hit the empty net with 55 seconds to play.

The loss put the Vees tied with the Merritt Centennials atop the Interior Division with two games to play. The Vees finish their season with a home-and-home with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beginning Friday on the road, while the Centennials are in Langley Friday and home to Vernon Saturday.

Announced attendance at the SOEC was 3,235.

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