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Wild continue playoff series with familiar foe

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — At this stage in the season, there are no surprises waiting for the Wenatchee Wild when they travel to face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. At least, not from a strategical standpoint. Wenatchee, which is tied 1-1 with the Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League West Division finals, faced its west rival 12 times during the regular season. The Wild are locked in for a pair of showdowns this weekend in Fairbanks as the best-of-five series continues.

Rams prepare for toughest challenge of the season

EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams have a chance to make a big statement in a battle of unbeatens Saturday against Waitsburg Elite at Eastmont Junior High. The Rams beat Waitsburg Elite (then the Hermiston Hurricanes) to claim the Washington Football League 18-13 last June in a thrilling contest that went down to the last second.

Wild lose to Ice Dogs; series tied 1-1

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild made a concerted effort to win the second period of the second game of the North American Hockey League West Division finals series Saturday at the Town Toyota Center, and it almost worked. They went on to lose the game 4-3, but for an instant it appeared as though they would go into the second intermission tied and on even footing with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Wild beat Ice Dogs with late score

WENATCHEE — When everything’s dead even on the ice, good fortune can be a mighty fine asset to have on your side.

Defense key to Rams’ 2-0 start

EAST WENATCHEE — Early on, it appears as though the Wenatchee Valley Rams have the makings of a potentially dominant defense. The Rams are off to a 2-0 start to the season and will seek their third straight Washington Football League win Saturday when they play host to the Columbia Basin Hawks. The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Eastmont Junior High School.

Wild bring ‘unfinished business’ into West finals

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild’s motto for this year’s playoff run is ‘unfinished business.’ Its silk-screened on players’ shirts and ever-present in their minds as they continue this postseason run in the North American Hockey League.

Wild recuperate with strong performance, tie playoff series 2-2

FRESNO Calif. — The Wenatchee Wild’s postseason is still alive and well after a 4-2 road win Thursday against the Fresno Monsters. The teams will meet for a decisive game five of the North American Hockey League West Division playoff series Sunday at Town Toyota Center.

Wild pushed to brink of elimination

FRESNO, Calif. — The Wenatchee Wild must win tonight if they want to see their season continue. Matt Salituro scored in overtime to give the Fresno Monsters a 2-1 victory over Wenatchee on Wednesday in the third game of the teams’ North American Hockey League West Division semifinal playoff series at Gateway Ice Center.

Wild scout worried about missing out on ‘historic opportunity’

WENATCHEE — If the Wenatchee Wild end up leaving town, it’ll be a hard loss for the team and the Town Toyota Center, head Wild hockey scout and adviser Rick Ellison says. Ellison, who’s been around hockey as a player, coach, scout and administrator for more than 40 years, says it’s “perplexing” that negotiators for the Wild and the Public Facilities District don’t appear to be working harder on reaching a new agreement.

Rams seek 2-0 start after opening season with win

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams didn’t play well in their preseason game against the Spokane Wolf Pack on April 6. The Rams will have another chance to beat the Wolf Pack on Saturday, and this time, the result will count in the league standings.

Wild fans concerned about team’s future

WENATCHEE — As the Wenatchee Wild began the playoffs Friday, the Town Toyota Center buzzed with activity. Vendors lined the corridor selling hockey jerseys and team paraphernalia, and fans commuted through the hallways as early as 40 minutes before puck drop as they made their way to their seats. In all, 3,727 fans piled into the arena to watch the Wild trounce Fresno 7-0.

Fresno steals home-ice advantage from Wenatchee

WENATCHEE — Coming off one of their most dominating wins of the season, the Wenatchee Wild had a good opportunity to build a towering two-game lead over the Fresno Monsters on Saturday at Town Toyota Center. Instead, they took almost 40 minutes to record a goal, were blanked during numerous power play opportunities and never managed to establish the offense they needed to recover, despite out-chancing and outshooting Fresno 28-10 in the final two periods.

Wild maintaining familiar approach heading into playoff series vs. Fresno

WENATCHEE — No big changes, no secret weapon and no surprises. The Wenatchee Wild enter the North American Hockey League West Division playoffs Friday against the Fresno Monsters, and they’re not looking to reinvent the wheel or unveil any new approach in the postseason.

Rams fall in preseason game

EAST WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams got a glance of what’s to come this season in a 28-19 preseason loss against the Spokane Wolf Pack on Saturday. John Rossi led the revamped Rams squad on the ground with 71 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Wild netminder ready for another playoff run

Robert Nichols’ teammates have to tread lightly in practice, because the Wenatchee Wild goalie’s competitive side gets the best of him now and again. Put the puck in the net when Nichols isn’t looking at your own peril and be careful when pushing his buttons.

Wild forwards receive honorable mention

FRISCO, Texas — Wenatchee forwards Max McHugh and Evan Schmidbauer received honorable mentions for their play last weekend against the Fresno Monsters. Schmidbauer recorded two goals and McHugh had two assists.

Wild stun Monters in overtime

By World sports staff FRESNO, Calif. — The Wenatchee Wild picked up one of their biggest wins of the season Friday.

West Divison champs lose finale, prepare for playoffs

FRESNO, Calif. — The Wenatchee Wild didn’t pull out any late-game heroics to close the regular season Saturday, but it didn’t matter. Wenatchee closed the regular season with a 3-1 loss on the road, but all the heavy lifting was done Friday, when it locked up a first-place finish in the North American Hockey League West Division with a 5-4 overtime win and a Fairbanks Ice Dogs loss.