The Penticton Vees won their final game of the regular season in a heroic come from behind overtime victory against the Wenatchee Wild with a final score of 4-3.
With the overtime win the Vees end the season with a record of 44-12-1-1.
In net for the night, Carl Stankowski picked up his 26th win of the season, turning away 27 of 30 shots from the Wild.
The Vees struggled in the first period.
The Wild started off the night’s scoring 2:36 into the game, taking advantage of a rebound from a slap shot to find a gap.
They added to their lead five seconds shy of ten minutes in with another goal off a face off from the Vees zone.
With 3:59 left, the Wild found the back of the net once again, sneaking shot in the top corner over Stankowski’s shoulder, to take a 3-0 lead into the second period.
The second period was quiet for both teams. Despite outshooting the Wild 17 to 10 in the period and having two powerplays, the Vees were unable to find put a puck behind the Wild goalie.
The third Vees comeback began in the third period. Jackson Neidermeyer put the Vees on the board 6:15 in.
Just 1:34 later, Lukas Sillinger scored the second Vees’ Goal after chaotic a scramble at the front of the net.
It almost looked over for the Vees, with the Wild getting their first powerplay with 1:30 to go, and then what looked like an empty net goal 37 seconds later. The goal was waved off, in order to give the Wild a penalty of their own.
In a movie-worthy moment, five seconds later off the ensuing face off, the Vees tied up the score for the first time all game. Lukas Sillinger scored his second of the game to send it to overtime.
Overtime was high energy, both teams skated with speed. It was the Vees who came out on top in the end, with one final goal from Jay O’Brien.
The Vees host the West Kelowna Warriors on Thursday for the first game of the playoffs.