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Young Scores Twice Including OT Winner Pushing Vipers to 4-3 Win

Wenatchee, WA, USA:  The Vipers saw a 3 goal lead evaporate, but Michael Young found the back of the net for his second of the night just 26 seconds into overtime to give his team a 4-3 win and 1-0 series lead.

The Wild jumped out to an early shot advantage at two different points, the shots were 4-1 and 8-4 respectively for the home side.  Aidan Porter was stellar in the period tracking the puck well.  The best chance early in the period came to Connor Marritt who had a chance on a 2 on 1, but was denied by Austin Park.  The Vipers opened the scoring as Lane Zablocki won a race out of the left wing corner, spotted Michael Young, who in turn slapped a puck past Austin Park to make it 1-0.  Shortly after that, the Wild turned the puck over and Lane Zablocki converted for his first of the playoffs snapping one low to the blocker side and it was 2-0.  That would spell the end of the night for Park who was replaced by Cal Sanquist who stopped 2 shots the rest of the period.  It was 2-0 Vipers after 1 period.

Early in the second period, the Vipers increased their lead to three as Matt Kowalski caused a turnover, found Brendan Kim who laid up a nice pass to Josh Latta who struck for his 4th goal of the playoffs.  The Vipers had more opportunities, but Sandquist was very good.  A big save from Sandquist led to a goal at the other end as PJ Fletcher was set up by Blake Bargar and it was 3-1.  A few minutes later those two would team up again and again it was Fletcher, this time on a rebound and it was 3-2 after 2.

The Vipers continued to get their chances and definitely did not sit on their lead, but the Wild tied the game up at 3 just past the 8 minute mark as Brian Adams finished off a rebound in front.  Both teams had looks on powerplays in the period but didn’t convert.  Both teams pushed the pace in a frenetic finish to regulation, but neither side could get the lead and overtime was needed.

In the extra period, Michael Young’s shot from the right point hit a body in front and deflected past Sandquist to give the Vipers a 4-3 win and a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2 goes Sunday night at 7:05 from the Town Toyota Center.