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Preview: Vees meet Wild in first of six meetings

Penticton, BC: The Penticton Vees (18-7-1-2) have won five games in a row and put that streak on the line against the Wenatchee Wild (16-10-2-0) Wednesday night, in a rink they didn’t record a win in last season.

Penticton is coming off a 4-1 win over the Surrey Eagles Saturday night. Eric Linell’s power-play goal gave the Vees a 1-0 lead after the first period, but the Eagles tied the game early in the second.

After a penalty-filled second half of the middle frame, Ryan Sandelin finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play to restore Penticton’s lead heading into the third period. David Silye extended the Vees lead just 3:35 into the third before Jack Barnes capped off the scoring for Penticton, knocking home the rebound of a 2-on-1 rush.

Eagles defenceman Cody Schiavon was ejected from the game with four minutes to play for smashing Linell’s head into the glass. He was subsequently given a four-game suspension for a major blow to the head penalty.

Derek Krall turned in another solid performance in the Vees crease, turning aside 26 shots for his fifth win of the season.

The Wild are coming off a weekend sweep, at home, of the West Kelowna Warriors. In both games the Wild found themselves trailing by two goals in the first period, but would wind up on the right side of 6-3 and 4-2 scores.

The sweep put Wenatchee in sole possession of third in the Interior Division with 34 points, three ahead of the Warriors but four behind the Merritt Centennials.

Wednesday is the first of six meetings between the Vees and Wild, but also the first of three meetings in the next 11 days as the two will play a home-and-home series next weekend, beginning in Wenatchee.

Last season the Vees dropped four of six games against the Wild in the season series, including all three at Town Toyota Centre.

Team Statistics

Leading Scorers

Penticton Vees

David Silye – 12G 26A 28GP

James Miller – 15G 20A 28GP

Eric Linell – 16G 17A 30GP

Wenatchee Wild

Lucas Sowder – 11G 21A 28GP

Josh Arnold – 12G 16A 25GP

Murphy Stratton – 5G 21A 28GP

Special Teams

Penticton Vees

Power Play – 21.0 per cent (4th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill – 83.8 per cent (5th in BCHL)

Wenatchee Wild

Power Play – 17.8 per cent (11th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill – 83.8 per cent (6th in BCHL)

Season Series

November 28, 2018 – Vees @ Wild

December 7, 2018 – Vees @ Wild

December 8, 2018 – Vees vs Wild

January 16, 2019 – Vees @ Wild

February 1, 2019 – Vees vs Wild

February 20, 2019 – Vees vs Wild