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WILD RALLY TO TIE BUT FALL IN OVERTIME

PHOTO: Matt Dorsey scored a late power play goal to force overtime in his first game back with the Wild.
CREDIT: Russ Alman / Digital Media Northwest

The Wenatchee Wild gave their fans a lot to cheer about on Friday night, offering one last chance to celebrate last season’s accomplishments with a ring ceremony and banner drop, and then posted a late game comeback to send the game to overtime, but it was the visiting Nanaimo Clippers who pulled out a 5-4 win in the extra session.

With the pregame festivities behind, the Wild came out with heavy pressure in the opening period, outshooting the visitors 24-8 but it was Nanaimo who scored first, a shorthanded goal from MacKenzie Merriman. Wenatchee tied it back up when Christophe Fillion powered a wrister from the right circle on the power play, and took the lead on a Brian Adams goal, his first of the year. Ethan Scardina tied it back up for the Clippers later in the opening period. Nanaimo scored twice in the middle frame, Kyler Kovich to make it 3-2, then a power play goal from Joshua Bourne and it was 4-2 Nanaimo after 2. The Wild closed the gap to 4-3 as AJ Hodges fired a shot that deflected off Blake Bargar into the net with a little over five minutes to play, and then tied it up on a Matt Dorsey power play goal in his first game back with the team. As the game went into overtime, Wenatchee had chances but the Clippers collected the game winner on MacKenzie Merriman’s second of the game, slipping it through the pads of Cal Sandquist who played brilliantly in relief.

Wenatchee (5-6-1) reboards the bus Saturday for a 7:00 pm game at Langley (7-4-0). The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and broadcast live on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ” with the Pregame Show airing at 6:45 pm. Next weekend, the Wild are home for a pair of games against the Merritt Centennials.