WENATCHEE, Wash. – It took 47 minutes and 18 seconds, but when Wenatchee Wild forward Jono Davis had the opportunity to make an impact in Saturday’s game against the Johnstown Tomahawks, he capitalized.
Davis scored the only goal in a hotly contested 1-0 victory over the Tomahawks and Robert Nichols did the rest, stopping all 18 shots he faced to record his fourth shutout of the season.
After 2-plus periods of scoreless hockey, Davis’ game-changing play came with the Tomahawks on the power play. Davis stole the puck at the Wild blue line, raced into the Johnstown end uncontested down the right wing and launched a blistering slap shot from the top of the face off circle that Johnstown goalie Chris Truehl simply had no chance of stopping.
The goal was Davis’ 17th of the season and his 30th point. It was also his league-leading fourth short-handed marker of the 2012-13 campaign and his league-leading sixth game-winning goal.
With the win, Wenatchee managed to earn three standings points in their hard-fought weekend series against Johnstown and improved to 17-3-2 overall.
Nichols improved to 13-3-2 with the win. Truehl made 38 saves for the Tomahawks on 39 shots.
The Wild will host the Jamestown Ironmen in a 2-game series Friday and Saturday (Dec. 7-8). Faceoff for both games is set for 7:05 p.m.
Pre-game on KPQ begins at about 6:45 each night.