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Wild fall to Vees in opening night heartbreaker in OT

The Wenatchee Wild took to the ice for the first time in over a year Saturday at South Okanagan Events Centre as they took on the Penticton Vees. The first period would end with the Vees leading shots on goal 11-5, but no goals from either side. The second period opened with Wenatchee’s Jayden Price scoring at the 10:53 mark to put the Wild up 1-0. But just seconds later, Penticton’s Josh Nadeau answered back at the 11:05 mark with a goal of his own to tie the game 1-1. Cade Littler opened the scoring in the third period for Wenatchee at the 3:38 mark to put the Wild up 2-1. But just like the second period, Josh Nadeau netted his second of the night for Penticton at the 13:21 mark with the assist from Finlay Williams. Nadeau’s goal sent the game into overtime where Williams scored for the Vees to win it at the 3:00 mark. Wild head coach Chris Clark touched on the team’s effort in their first game back in over a year.

“I was very proud of our effort last night in Penticton. We gave ourselves a chance to win in a building that is tough to win in against a very good team. Our goal as a team is to get better each week and last week we accomplished that. We look forward to another opportunity to get better again this week before heading to Trail,” Clark said.

The puck drops in Trail next Saturday the 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Cominco Arena as the Wild battle the Smoke Eaters. Trail will enter Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record after splitting a two-game home and home series with the Cranbook Bucks. Friday’s contest saw Cranbrook come out victorious with a 5-3 victory at home at Western Financial Place. The Smoke Eaters flipped the script Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over the Bucks at home in Cominco Arena.