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Loss evens series between Wenatchee, St. Louis

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Mason City, Iowa - The Wenatchee Wild (1-1) were defeated 6-0 by the St. Louis Bandits (1-0) in game two of a five-game NAHL round-robin tournament Wednesday night.

The score may not have been indicative of the game, as the shots on net were 24-22 in favor of Wenatchee. Perhaps the biggest reason for the St. Louis victory was the play of their special teams. The Bandits went 2 for 6 on the power play, scored another goal a few seconds after a power play ended, and added a shorthanded goal. Meanwhile, Wenatchee was 0 for 6 on the power play.

As the two-time defending Robertson Cup champions, St. Louis finished the regular season with the best record in the NAHL and came into the tournament as the number one seed. Six different players scored for the Bandits, with Clinton Bourbonais connecting for a goal and an assist. Ryan Rashid scored the game-winning goal, and Anthany Schooley chipped in two assists. Bandits goaltender and league MVP Keith Kinkaid shut the door with 22 saves. Meanwhile, Wild starting goaltender Mac Carruth had 9 saves on 14 shots, while his replacement Mathieu Dugas had 7 saves on 8 shots.

The loss gives Wenatchee a 1-1 record in the five team round robin tournament. They play Mahoning Valley (1-0) tomorrow and Bismarck (0-1) on Saturday. The two teams with the best record in the round robin tournament will play Sunday for the Robertson Cup, which is the trophy for the junior A tier II national champions.

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