JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Jono Davis (La Verne, Calif.) recorded his 50th point of the season Friday, but it wasn’t enough for the Wenatchee Wild, who suffered a 3-1 loss to the Jamestown Ironmen. The loss ended Wenatchee’s 7-game winning streak, which began Jan. 31 with a 2-1 win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Davis scored his 28th goal of the season in the third period Friday, bringing his season point total to 50. Davis joined a fairly exclusive club by reaching the 50-point plateau. Davis included, only nine players in Wild history have scored 50 points in a season.
D.J. Vandercook is the only player to record 50 points in a season twice (2008-09, 2010-11). Ben Carey’s 57 points during the 2011-12 season is the highest point output by a Wild player in a single season.
“Overall, he has been pretty good for us on a nightly basis,” said Wild head coach Bliss Littler. “He has been consistent for us pointing on most nights, and he doesn’t need a lot of chances.”
Unfortunately, Davis’ 50th point was the only highlight of Wenatchee’s night.
After a scoreless first period, the Ironmen struck for two late goals in the second period. Huba Sekesi notched the first of those goals with 2:23 left before the second intermission when he scored from the slot on a pass from Ross Pavek. Victor Johansson also assisted.
Ryan Doucet made it 2-0 with 44 seconds remaining in the second period when he scored from the left circle after the Wild turned the puck over at center ice. Les Gerdes was credited with the lone assist.
Davis sliced Jamestown’s lead in half, 2-1, 7:15 into the third period when he lit the lamp on a one-timer from the near point on a pass from Chris Kerr (Penticton, British Columbia). Jacob Barber (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) also earned an assist on Davis’ 28th goal of the season.
Jamestown needed just two minutes to respond to Davis’ goal when Evan Ritt notched an unassisted goal on a shot from the slot that gave his club a 3-1 lead.
“They’re a very structured team,” Littler said of the Ironmen. “They don’t beat themselves. They’re probably the most structured team in the league, and they played harder than we did in the second and third periods, but I expect we’ll be better Saturday.”
Robert Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 21 saves on 24 shots for the Wild, suffering just his seventh loss of the season. Joe Ballmer turned aside 19 of the Wild’s 20 shots to pick up his third win of the season with the Ironmen.
The Wild scored one power-play goal on two chances while the Ironmen went 0-for-4 on their man-advantages.
The Wild (35-8-4) will try to get back on track Saturday and earn a series split against the Ironmen. Faceoff is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can watch the game for a small fee by logging on to www.FASTHockey.com.