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WILD CLIPPED TO OPEN ISLAND ROAD SWING

PHOTO: The Wild generated 33 shots on goal but lost 4-1 on Friday night at Nanaimo.
CREDIT: Gary Dorland / Clippers Staff

by Arch Ecker

The Wenatchee Wild had a modest three game win streak come to an end on Friday night in Nanaimo where the Clippers posted a 4-1 win at Frank Crane Arena.

The Wild held the Clippers without so much as a shot on goal for the first ten minutes of the game. Five seconds after a successful penalty kill, though, the Wild fell behind 1-0 on a weak side goal from Josh Bourne that was just the second shot on goal of the game for Nanaimo, who led 1-0 after one period. With a delayed penalty pending, the Clippers pulled ahead 2-0 early in the second period on a David Silye tip-in goal. Wenatchee answered :55 seconds later when Sam Hesler tipped a Cooper Zech shot through the Clipper goalie to make it 2-1. Wenatchee pressed, and had a quality scoring chance from Jacob Modry that just missed wide but then on the transition, a redirection on an odd-man rush put Nanaimo up 3-1, prompting a goaltending change for Wenatchee with affiliate goalie Austin Ryman sent in to relieve Seth Eisele. In the final frame, the Wild outshot the Clippers 15-5 but one of those five found the back of the net, a Jake Harris one-timer from the right circle that was tipped by Tristan Crozier for the 4-1 final margin.

Wenatchee (33-14-3-1) continues their Island Division road swing with stops in Alberni Valley on Saturday night and Victoria on Sunday afternoon. The Wild return home Feb. 16 and 17 against Trail for the final two home games of the regular season. Group ticket packages for all games are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825.