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PHOTO: Sam Morton had a goal and an assist, and was named First Star of the Game in Saturday’s 3-3 tie against the Nanaimo Clippers. CREDIT: Damon James Photography

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild met their first Bauer BCHL Showcase opponent on Saturday afternoon, and skated to a 3-3 tie with the Nanaimo Clippers at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, BC, Canada.

After a scoreless first period, the Wild cashed in on their second power play of the game at 3:56 of the second as Noah Kim crept down from the left point and snapped home a sharp pass from Lucas Sowder and assisted by Sam Morton. Sowder has a point in each game so far this season. The Clippers scored twice :18 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead in the middle portion of the second, the first a hard shot by Parker Colley, the second a loose puck that found its way across the line and was credited to Vincent Millette. Later in the period, the Wild repaid the favor with two quick strikes to reclaim the lead. A zone clearing attempt by the Clippers went right to the stick of Slava Demin at the midpoint, and his shot caught a deflection of a Nanaimo defender and found the back of the net at 16:28 to knot the score at 2-2. Twenty-one seconds later, Sam Morton broke up a breakout pass, forcing a turnover that Daniel Chladek dished right back to him for the go-ahead goal at 16:49, Morton’s second goal of the season, and second point of the game. The Wild dominated with a good mix of forecheck pressure, puck possession, and a stream of Clipper penalties and maintained the 3-2 lead until the final minute, when a 6-on-4 Clipper advantage by way of a power play and a pulled goalie for the extra skater yielded the game-tying goal at 19:22 and the game would head to overtime. The Wild had a power play in the overtime as well, but a 37-save effort by the Clipper netminder helped save the tie. Jacob Acton stopped 20 of 23 for Wenatchee as the Wild played to their first tie since a 4-4 game at home against Langley late in the 2015-16 season.

Wenatchee (2-1-0-1) will conclude their 2017 Showcase Schedule on Sunday morning at 10 am against the Langley Rivermen (2-0-2-0), then head home to meet the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday Sept. 29.

Group ticket packages are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825. Fan bus trips are also now on sale, with the next one heading to Langley on Nov. 18-19. Contact the Wild office to reserve your spot.