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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WENATCHEE — Things were a little different for the Wild this week leading up to their 18-hour bus ride to Fresno, Calif. More chatter on the ice during practice, louder music in the locker room afterward and a noticeably more upbeat vibe among players and coaches. It’s no mystery why — everything’s better after a win.
KENAI RIVER, Alaska — The Wenatchee Wild’s road struggles extended into Thursday when the team fell 3-0 to the Kenai Brown Bears. It was the Wild’s fifth straight loss on the road. Wenatchee (36-12-6) fell behind early in the first period after two costly miscues. Kenai River netted its first goal after a turnover and scored again after a failed assignment in the defensive zone coverage to make it a 2-0 contest.
The three-game road series, which starts today at 8:05 p.m. and wraps up Saturday, should be another tough road test for the Wild, but it will also be a good opportunity to rebuild their division lead, which shrunk to just three points after suffering a three-game sweep on the road against Fairbanks last weekend. It will be the team’s second three-game series on the road in as many weeks. Wenatchee is 1-6 in its last seven outings. The Wild (36-11-6) are 6-3 against the Brown Bears (23-24-6) this season and ...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Wenatchee Wild spent most of Saturday night playing catch up, but ultimately suffered a 4-3 loss and a three-game series sweep against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Ice Dogs cut Wenatchee’s North American Hockey League West division lead to just three points with the sweep.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Fairbanks Ice Dogs implemented an aggressive offensive attack early and were rewarded with a 3-1 win over the visiting Wenatchee Wild on Thursday. Fairbanks (34-14-3) outshot Wenatchee (36-9-6) 16-5 in the first period, and capitalized on a number of scoring opportunities later on.
WENATCHEE — Last weekend’s return home was nice, but short-lived. Now the Wenatchee Wild are back in familiar territory at a crucial juncture in the season — preparing for another long stretch on the road. Wenatchee (36-8-6 overall) will get its toughest test in some time, a three-game series at Fairbanks against the Ice Dogs (33-14-3 overall), who are comfortably locked in second place in the North American Hockey League West division behind the Wild.
FRSICO, Texas — Wenatchee Wild forward Max McHugh was named the NAHL West division star of the week following his three-point weekend. McHugh recorded an assist in Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Fresno Monsters and notched a goal and an assist in Wenatchee’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Monsters on Sunday.
WENATCHEE — Sometimes a couple of losses can be just what the doctor ordered. Wenatchee Wild forward Noah Nelson admitted that the team’s consecutive road losses to the Jamestown Ironmen (32-14-4 overall) last weekend stung a little bit.