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Wenatchee Wild tie series with Vernon at 1-1

First Period

Sunday night’s game two was a big one at Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center with 1,499 in attendance. In game one Saturday night, the Vernon Vipers shut out the Wild 3-0. Fast forward to Sunday night and it started with a scoreless first period. The period closed with Wenatchee leading in shots 7-6. It was clear early on this series would be chippy as physicality amped up from the moment the puck dropped.

Second Period

At 12:26 of the second, Wenatchee’s Blake Emerson went to the box for interference. At the 13:52 mark, the Wild scored shorthanded and unassisted on a goal from captain Brian Adams to make it 1-0.

“We knew we had to kill a penalty off and the opportunity presented itself for a two on one and I got a nice shot off and it happened to go in,” said Adams, who earned second star honours in the game.

The Wild made it 2-0 with 1:29 left when Ethan Wolthers potted it home. Wolthers’ goal was assisted by Nicholas Chmelevski and Tanner Main. Walters’ game winning goal earned him the third star of the game. The period ended 2-0 Wenatchee with them also leading the shots category 18-13.

Third Period

With the extra attacker on the ice, Vernon pulled within one at the 1:02 mark on a goal from Matt Kowalski with assists to Cameron MacDonald and Trey Taylor. Kowalski’s goal was his second point in this year’s playoffs after an assist in Saturday night’s matchup.

Wild goaltender Daniel Chenard turned away 14 Vernon shots to earn him the first star of the game. Vernon goaltender Reilly Herbst turned away 19 Wenatchee shots. Game three goes down Tuesday at 7 pm in Vernon at Kal Tire Place with the series split at a game each.