WENATCHEE, Wash. – They say goals come in bunches. That was the case Friday in the Wenatchee Wild’s 3-0 victory over the Jamestown Ironmen at the Town Toyota Center.
After 44 minutes and 45 seconds of scoreless hockey, the Wild erupted for three goals over the final 15:15 of regulation to earn a victory that catapulted them back into sole possession of first place in the West Division.
Max McHugh lit the first lamp of the game Friday 4:45 into the third period on a wrist shot from the high slot that was produced on a 3-on-2 chance, which resulted from a quick transition out of the Wild defensive zone. Noah Nelson assisted.
Tyler Bruneteau doubled Wenatchee’s lead with 9:05 left in the third stanza when he scored his first goal of the season on a 5-hole wrister from the right circle. Josh Hartley earned the assist.
David Powlowski went on to put the game away with a little over four minutes left in regulation when he scored from the doorstep on a pass from Blake Roubos who centered the puck from behind the Jamestown cage.
With three goals in the net, the only thing left for the Wild to do down the stretch was preserve Robert Nichols’ shutout bid, which they did. Nichols, who was named the NAHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November, stopped all 17 shots he faced Friday to notch his fifth shutout of the season.
The Wild (18-3-2) will try to sweep the Ironmen Saturday. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Pre-game on KPQ begins at 6:45 p.m.