Penticton Vees take the first of two games in Wenatchee this weekend with a 4-1 win on Friday night.
The Vees’ Jay O’Brien scored a pair of goals in the second period to widen the lead to 3-1, before assisting Lukas Sillinger on the fourth and final goal just 20 seconds into the third period.
Scoring opened with a goal from the Wild 11 minutes into the first period, putting twelve shots against Vees’ goalie Carl Stankowski. The Vees took six shots during the period against Wenatchee’s goalie, Noah Altman.
The Vees’ answering goal came six minutes later with Jackson Niedermeyer taking a puck from Liam Malmquist and passing it back-and-forth with Conner Hutchison before burying in the back of the net with a backhand shot.
The goal tied up the game and is Niedermeyer’s fourth of the season.
From the second period on, the Vees dominated the scoring and shots on net, with 13 shots in the second and 12 in the third, compared to Wenatchee’s three and six. O’Brien scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season, the first with an assist from Danny Weight and the second with a no-look pass to Silye on the left-wing and a pass back to beat the Wenatchee goalie just four minutes later.
Sillinger fired the puck between the legs of Wenatchee’s Altman for his ninth goal of the season off a pass from O’Brien to extend the lead to three goals fro the rest of the game.
Stankowski took his third victory of season with 20 of 21 shots saved, while Wenatchee’s Noah Altman weathered 27 of the Vees 31 shots for his fifth loss of the year.
The Vees and the Wild meet up for the rematch tonight in Wenatchee. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at the Town Toyota Center.
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