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Wild begin season Wednesday

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild go into the 2013-14 season with a blank slate, some promise and plenty of uncertainty.

Littler to return as Wild coach

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild took a big step forward Saturday with the hiring of head coach Bliss Littler. Littler, who coached the Wild to the Robertson Cup championship game last year, is the winningest coach in junior hockey and has more than 600 wins on his résumé.

Community reflects on Wild’s footprint

WENATCHEE — As the community comes to terms with losing the only professional hockey team it’s ever had, fans, community groups and hockey parents reflected Tuesday on the impact the Wenatchee Wild has had over the last five years. “I’m very, very sorry to see them going,” said Lori Kostors, executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, which has had a connection with the team since before they played their first game in Wenatchee. “They’ve done amazing things for Wenatchee and have been a great group of people ...

Wild coach: ‘I can’t believe a deal didn’t get done.’

WENATCHEE — Former Wenatchee Wild coach Bliss Littler said Tuesday he hopes for the best for Wenatchee hockey fans going forward, and that means a British Columbia Hockey League expansion team. “I’m just sick, I can’t believe a deal didn’t get done,” Littler said. “This market deserves a BCHL team, that’s for sure.”

A bitter ending: Wild suffer shutout in Robertson Cup championship

FRISCO, Texas — The Wenatchee Wild’s season came to a disappointing end with a 5-0 loss Monday against the Amarillo Bulls in the Robertson Cup championship. Wenatchee faced a worthy adversary in the Bulls, who ended the regular season with a North American Hockey League-best 99 points, and didn’t have enough energy to meet the challenge.

Wild down Ironmen, improve to 1-1 in Robertson Cup play

FRISCO, Texas — The Wenatchee Wild kept their Roberston Cup title hopes alive with a dominant 5-2 win against the Jamestown Ironmen on Saturday at Dr Pepper Arena. Wenatchee went on the offensive almost from the initial puck drop and peppered the Ironmen with shot after shot.

Wild lose Robertson Cup opener

FRISCO, Texas - Stanislov Dzakhov's goal with 95 seconds remaining in the third period broke a tie and gave the Bismarck Bobcats a 3-2 win over the Wenatchee Wild on Friday in both teams' first game at the 2013 Robertson Cup.

Fans hope game isn’t team’s last home contest

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild fan base made one final, raucous rally in support of the team that may be leaving town during a home playoff game Tuesday. A chorus of clanking cowbells echoed throughout the arena, fog horns blared and the crowd of 2,777 seemed more vocal and tuned in than usual.

Wild down Fairbanks, clinch Robertson Cup berth

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild got a sweet but short-lived reprieve from postseason madness Tuesday evening at Town Toyota Center. They got the final say over a Fairbanks Ice Dogs squad they’d gone back and forth with all year long with a 3-1 North American Hockey League West Division finals-clinching victory that paved their way for a trip to the Robertson Cup in Frisco, Texas. They face the Bismarck Bobcats in game one of the round robin on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Wild lose to Ice Dogs; series tied 2-2

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Wenatchee Wild couldn’t close out Fairbanks on the road Saturday, falling 3-2 to tie the playoff series 2-2. Wenatchee hosts game five of the North American Hockey League West Division finals series Tuesday at Town Toyota Center. If Saturday’s any indication, the finale should be another great battle between two evenly matched squads.

Wild down Fairbanks, reclaim series lead

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Added depth and a pair of early goals propelled the Wenatchee Wild past the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-1 Friday. Wenatchee took a 2-1 lead in the North American Hockey League West Division finals series and has a chance to win the best-of-five with a road game Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

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.