WENATCHEE, Wash. – Forward Jacob Barber recorded a natural hat trick Friday, but it wasn’t enough for the Wenatchee Wild, who fell to the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks in overtime, 4-3.
The Wild found themselves down 2:05 into the contest when Andrew McDonald staked the Tomahawks to an early 1-0 lead on a feed from Zach Wallace.
Goals were bound to start adding up for Barber, and that’s exactly what happened Friday, starting at the 11:51 mark of the first frame when he lit the lamp to force the first tie of the contest. Brian Williams and Chris Kerr assisted.
Barber got back to work less than two minutes into the second period, when he tickled the twine on a feed from Kerr to give Wenatchee its first lead of the contest. However, Johnstown took a 3-2 lead into the locker room at the second intermission after McDonald scored a short-handed marker at 11:12 and Mitch Kontny scored an unassisted goal at 13:37.
Barber answered the bell one more time, scoring his third goal of the game, this one unassisted, for a natural hat trick a little over three minutes into the third period.
The Tomahawks prevailed in overtime, however, earning the win when Mike Sandor found the back of the net 53 seconds into the extra session.
Robert Nichols made 25 saves on 29 shots for the Wild. Goaltender Chris Truehl made 34 saves on 37 shots for the Tomahawks.
Barber led the Wild with three goals while Kerr notched two assists. McDonald led the Tomahawks with a pair of goals.
The Wild (16-4-1) will try to get back on track against the Johnstown Tomahawks Saturday. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Town Toyota Center. Pre-game on KPQ begins at about 6:45 tonight.