WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Wenatchee Wild scored two first-period goals Friday en route to a 3-1 victory over the Fresno Monsters at the Town Toyota Center.
The Wild wasted little time getting on track Friday and held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Defenseman Dillon Eichstadt (Bemidji, Minn.) lit the first lamp of the contest with 7:29 left in the first period when he scored on a one-timer from the point on a feed from David Powlowski (Rochester, N.Y.). Lance Carney (White Bear Lake, Minn.) earned the second assist on the sequence.
Jono Davis (La Verne, Calif.) gave Wenatchee a 2-0 lead 82 seconds after Eichstadt’s goal. After receiving a drop pass from Brian Williams (San Diego, Calif.), Davis scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season from the bottom of the far faceoff circle with a quick far-side shot. Jacob Barber (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) also assisted.
The Monsters cut the Wild lead in half 87 seconds into the second frame when Mitchell Snyder scored during a power play from Trevor Husch and Daniel Rosse. Snyder’s goal turned out to be the only score the Monsters would generate.
Chris Kerr (Penticton, British Columbia) tacked on an unassisted empty-netter for the Wild with less than a second remaining in regulation to close out scoring.
Wild netminderRobert Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 16 saves on 17 shots to earn his 11th win of the season. The Wild peppered Fresno goalie Tomas Sholl with 37 shots, 35 of which he turned aside.
The Monsters scored one power-play goal on four chances while the Wild went 0-for-5 on their man-advantage chances.