WENATCHEE - The Nanaimo Clippers spoiled the Wenatchee Wild’s home-opener on Friday night in a contest which also featured a pre-game celebration of last season’s Doyle Cup Championship for Wenatchee with a banner presentation and ring ceremony.
The Wild heavily outgunned Nanaimo in the first period by the count of 24-to-8, but the Clipper scored first by bagging a shorthanded marker to open the scoring at the 3:23 mark.
Wenatchee answered back less than three minutes later on forward Christophe Fillion’s ninth goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 and grabbed their first lead of the contest just 13 seconds later when forward Brian Adams netted his first goal of the season to put the Wild up 2-1.
The Clippers rallied to knot things up at two-a-piece by the end of period one and jumped on Wenatchee for a pair of unanswered goals in the middle stanza to race in front 4-2 after 40 minutes of play.
In the final frame, it was the Wild who went back-to-back in the back of the twine, as forward Blake Bargar’s second goal of the season and forward Matt Dorsey’s first with only 1:21 remaining in regulation drew the game back to even terms at 4-4.
In overtime, however, it was Nanaimo who crossed the redline first on a goal with only 2:24 expired in the extra session, to hand Wenatchee on overtime loss by the final score of 5-4.
The Wild peppered the Clippers cage all night long, racking up a total of 50 shots to Nanaimo’s 24. Wenatchee went 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Starting goaltender Austin Park spent 33:46 between the pipes for the Wild, allowing four goals on 15 shots before being relieved by Cal Sanquist, who absorbed the loss in OT after making eight saves on nine shots in 28:38 in the blue paint and falling to 2-4-0 on the season
After playing eleven of their first twelve games on the road to start the season, the 5-6-1 Wild will be away from home again for their next contest in Langley, British Columbia to take on the 7-4-0 Rivermen this evening.