PALMER, Alaska — There will be a fifth and final North American Hockey League first-round playoff game between the Wenatchee Wild and the Alaska Avalanche. The Wild’s rejuvenated offensive attack made sure of that Friday.
The Wild broke a 1-1 tie by scoring six unanswered goals, five of which came on the power play in the third period, to post a convincing 7-1 win in the fourth game of the playoff series at the MTA Events Center. The Wild converted six of their 13 power-play opportunities for the contest as Alaska was whistled for 64 penalty minutes on 16 infractions.
After Wehebe Darge scored for the Avalanche halfway through the second period to give Alaska an early advantage, Blake Roubos tallied the equalizer on a power play two minutes later. With a minute remaining in the first period, Max McHugh scored a goal to give the Wild their first lead.
In the final period, Tyler Rostenkowski, Ben Carey, Kyle Huson, Roubos and Matt Cope found the back of the net to turn a close game into a rout for Wenatchee.
Chris Knudson and Cope had three assists for the Wild, while Dylan Abood recorded two helpers.
Wild goalkeeper Greg Lewis made 22 saves on 23 shots to earn his first playoff win. Bodhi Engum took the loss for the Avalanche.
The fifth and decisive contest between the two teams will start at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.