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Wild nearly advance to Norcal title game

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The High Sierra Wild peewee youth hockey team came up one period short of advancing to the championship game of the Norcal youth hockey league playoffs which would have qualified the team for the state tournament.

The Wild’s first game Friday at Logic Tech Ice Center in San Jose saw the team drop a tough 3-0 game to a very stingy Oakland Bear defense. The Bears entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed but quickly became the team to beat, continuing their late-season push that saw the team leapfrog the Wild in the standings.

The Wild bounced back Friday night with an impressive 6-3 win over the second-seeded Capital Thunder of Roseville. The Wild scored five goals in the first period, stunning the Thunder who had beaten the Wild 2-0 in their two previous regular-season meetings.

Cooper Stanley and Payton Guttry of South Lake Tahoe paced the Wild, combining for three goals and three assists.

The Wild, needing a win or tie in Saturday night’s matchup with the top-seeded Fresno Falcons, took a 2-1 lead into the third period with both goals coming off the stick of Andrew Lane. Stanley assisted on one of Lane’s goals and the other was unassisted.

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A player ejection and injury contributed to the Wild running out of gas in the final period as they lost 6-2, missing a golden opportunity at a rematch with the Bears in the championship.

Fresno edged Oakland 2-1 in Sunday’s championship game.

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