Penticton Vees come up short against Wenatchee Wild on Dec. 7

The teams will rematch tonight at the SOEC for the Vees’ annual teddy bear toss game

The Penticton Vees came up short last night, losing 5-2 to the Wenatchee Wild at the Town Toyota Centre.

The Vees started strong with a 2-0 lead in the first period, despite being outshot 10-5. Cole Shepard would be the first to put his team on the board thanks to a rebound of Carson Kosobud’s shot from the right circle.

Just over a minute later, Kosobud gained the Wenatchee line on the left wing, firing a pass to Luke Loheit. He proceeded to shoot a backhander to the front of the net for Jack Barned to chip over the Austin Park’s glove.

Cal Sandquist replaced Park in Wenatchee’s net but the Vees’ lead remained throughout the second period. The Wild were close to scoring a late goal when Nathan Iannone hit the post with 25 seconds left.

Wenatchee was called for interference just 31 seconds into the third, but the Vees were unable to make use of the advantage to add to their lead. Christophe Tellier put Wenatchee on the board witha centring feed near the right circle that beat Derek Krall though the five hole with 9:08 remaining.

Four minutes later, Iannone slipped the puck past Krall’s blocker side with a wrist shot from the blue line to tie the game. With Wild’s offence come to life, Matt Dorsey kept up the momentum with another goal 43 seconds later.

The Wild would go on to score two empty netters to make the final score 5-2. The Vees will be hosting the rematch tonight at the South Okanagan Event Centre, with puck drop at 6 p.m.

Tonight is also the annual teddy bear toss game for the Vees, so after Penticton’s first goal fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals or warm articles of clothing onto the ice as a donation for the Salvation Army to distribute to families in need in the South Okanagan.

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