PHOTO: Wenatchee was unable to overcome a early deficit in eventual 7-1 defeat.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest
The Wenatchee Wild fell behind in the opening minute and never recovered as the visiting Nanaimo Clippers rolled to a 7-1 win on Friday night at Town Toyota Center.
Fifty-nine seconds into the contest the Clippers cashed in on a broken play with Kyler Kovich finishing off a crossing pass before Daniel Chenard could slide to his left to cover. Steven Argiogianis drove home a snapshot from the right wing after slipping behind the defense at 14:51 for a 2-0 lead, and Ethan Scardina tapped home a centering feed at 18:11 and it was a 3-0 edge for Nanaimo. At the buzzer, Devon Mussio pushed a pass through the crease to Josh Bourne who narrowly beat the buzzer for a 4-0 lead headed into intermission.
At 4:56 of the second, a turnover and quick transition set up MacKenzie Merriman for a wide-open shot that gave the Clippers a 5-0 lead and prompted a goaltending change for Wenatchee. The Clippers added another in the middle frame when Sean Donaldson tipped a Mike Kennedy point shot past Noah Altman and it was 6-0 after two periods. Kyler Kovich added his second of the night at 10:50 of the third to make it 7-0. Wenatchee broke the goose egg on a slick pass from Matt Dorsey that sprung Brian Adams who came in alone and buried a nifty backhander for what proved to be the final 7-1 margin. The Wild outshot Nanaimo 38-28 but took their twelfth loss of the year.
Wenatchee (14-12-4) will look to bounce back on Saturday night against the Langley Rivermen at Town Toyota Center. The game is at 7:05 pm and will be broadcast and streamed online with NewsRadio 560 KPQ. All games are video streamed live on HockeyTV.