The B.C. Hockey League’s newest franchise was able to skate into town and get the better of the Nanaimo Clippers.
The Wenatchee Wild defeated the Clips by a 4-2 score on Saturday at Frank Crane Arena.
The contest was about speed and skill, and the visitors capitalized on their opportunities.
“It was a good game,” said Mike Vandekamp, Clippers coach. “We didn’t get outworked or outbattled – we made dumb mistakes.”
He was asked if the Wild play a different brand of hockey than the league’s B.C. teams.
“No. They’re a good team. They skate well, they work hard, they’re well-coached. They’re just another good opponent you’re going to face in this league,” he said.
Kyle Stephan, Wild forward, said his team, which was playing its third game in three nights, tried to stay on the attack and make sure it wasn’t caught in its end too much.
He said the speed and skill game of the BCHL suits his team and he said he’s loving the league so far.
“The fans have been awesome, there’s always been good atmospheres in every barn we’ve played in,” he said. “It’s special.”
Nanaimo’s goals were scored by Devin Brosseau and Zach Court. The Clips outshot the Wild 29-21.
The following afternoon, the Clippers defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs 4-2 at Frank Crane Arena. Sheldon Rempal scored a hat trick, Matt Creamer scored his first goal of the season and Jonathan Reinhart made 29 saves for the win.
GAME ON … The Clippers play just one game this week, Friday (Oct. 23) against the Cowichan Valley Capitals at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena.