FRESNO, Calif. – The Wenatchee Wild swept aside the Fresno Monsters Saturday at the Selland Arena in a 4-1 victory, one night after winning the first game of the series in a shootout, to improve their record to 21-3-2 heading into a 12-day holiday break.
Unlike Friday, the Wild came out of the gate on fire Saturday to the tune of a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Nathan Flynn put Wenatchee’s first goal on the scoreboard 3:07 into the opening frame. Blake Roubos upped Wenatchee’s lead to 2-0 two minutes after Flynn’s opening goal when he flipped a backhander into the twine. Chris Kerr went on to make it a 3-0 game with 2:32 left in the first period when he scored from the slot on a shot that was aided by a deflection. The Wild maintained a high offensive tempo all game and reclaimed their 3-goal lead 8:59 into the second period when Roubos banged in his second goal of the game on a rebound. Robert Nichols stopped 15 of Fresno’s 16 shots to improve his season record to 17-3-2. The Wild (21-3-2), winners of five straight games, will enjoy a nearly two-week long break over the holidays before hosting the Kenai River Brown Bears on Dec. 28-29 and Dec. 31. The first two games of the series will begin at 7:05 p.m. while the New Year’s Eve contest is slated for a 6:05 p.m. start.