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WILD TOPPLED IN ISLAND WEEKEND FINALE

PHOTO: Wild defenseman Brandon Koch carries the puck out of the defensive zone during Sunday afternoon action in Nanaimo. The Wild were defeated, 4-1. 
CREDIT: Garrett James Photography

The Wenatchee Wild wrapped up a three game weekend road trip against Island Division foes with a Sunday matinee at Nanaimo, where the Clippers prevailed with a 4-1 victory at Frank Crane Arena.

As had been the case all weekend, Wenatchee came out with a solid attack, putting up the first several shots on goal. The first Nanaimo chance didn’t come until nearly eight minutes into the game when Cal Sandquist made a great stop on a Clippers shorthanded breakaway. Wenatchee outshot Nanaimo 13-4 in the scoreless first period. The Clippers took the lead when Gunnar Wegleitner picked off a Wild defensive zone pass and whipped it into the top corner for a 1-0 edge. Wegleitner struck again when he collected a rink-wide pass that skipped past a Wild defender creating a breakaway chance that put the Clippers up 2-0. Wenatchee responded fairly quickly, with a tenacious forecheck from Brian Adams that set up Matt Gosiewski, whose shot was deflected in by Nathan Iannone to pull the Wild back within a goal. In the third, Nanaimo got some breathing room when a Wild defenseman stepped up from right point but the puck got past him, setting up a 3-on-1 rush that Sammy Steele fired home for a 3-1 Clipper lead, and Marcus Mitchell added another for the 4-1 final margin.

Wenatchee (24-14-2) heads home to begin an eight game homestand, beginning Friday against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (14-23-3). The game will be available for video streaming on HockeyTV, and will be broadcast live both locally and via internet stream on “NewsRadio 560 KPQ”, with the Pregame Show starting at 6:45 pm.