WENATCHEE, Wash. – Saturday’s game against the Jamestown Ironmen at the Town Toyota Center will go down as one of the most exciting regular season contests in Wenatchee Wild history.
Trailing by two markers with just 34 seconds left in regulation, the Wild scored a pair of dramatic goals 12 seconds apart to force overtime, then won the game 5-4 in a shootout to sweep aside the Ironmen.
Max McHugh scored a 6-on-4 power-play goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation to trim Jamestown’s lead to one goal. McHugh won the ensuing faceoff at center ice, and defenseman Josh Hartley chipped the puck into the Jamestown end down the left wing. The bouncing puck was misplayed by a defenseman, and Jono Davis picked up the biscuit and scored one-on-one on a glove-side wrister to send the game to overtime.
The game went to a shootout after a scoreless overtime session. Trailing in the shootout 1-0, Wenatchee’s fifth shooter, Noah Nelson extended the game when he beat Jamestown netminder Reid Mimmack.
Wenatchee goalie Robert Nichols stopped the next six Jamestown shooters before Wild defenseman David Mead finally clinched the win on a glove-side wrist shot.
Saturday’s game capped off a string of 10 straight home games for Wenatchee. The Wild went 8-1-1 over the stretch.
The Wild (19-3-2) will travel to Fresno, California for a pair of games against the Monsters. Friday and Saturday games are scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m. Pre-game both nights on KPQ begins at about 7:15