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Wild earn a point in shootout loss to Jamestown Ironment

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Wild earn a point in shootout loss to Jamestown Ironment

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February 26, 2013
WILD EARN A POINT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS TO IRONMEN

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Wenatchee Wild were defeated in a shootout Saturday by the Jamestown Ironmen, 3-2.

Saturday’s game wrapped up a 6-game road trip in which the Wild went 4-1-1 and recorded nine standings points.

“I thought we played well,” said Wild head coach Bliss Littler. “We had chances to put it away in the second period, but just weren’t able to. We missed a couple, we hit the cross bar or the goalie made a big save. We’re going to go home, heal up and get our legs back.”

Jamestown took a 1-0 lead 22 seconds into the second period Saturday when Nicholas Sierra scored on a rebound. Tyler Dunagan and Michael Mazzotta picked up the assists.

The Wild had a chance to tie up the score a little over five minutes later on a penalty shot by Noah Nelson (Oconomowoc, Wis.), but Jamestown goalie Joe Ballmer denied Nelson’s shot. The Wild managed to tie up the game anyway eight seconds later. After a faceoff win in the Ironmen zone, Max McHugh (Edgewood, Wash.) scored on a rebound off of Josh Hartley’s (Coquitlam, British Columbia) shot from the near point. Jacob Barber (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.) also assisted on the even-strength marker.

The Wild went on to take the lead, 2-1, with a little more than 11 minutes remaining in the second period when Evan Schmidbauer (Surrey, British Columbia) lit the lamp during a power play. Seconds after he served a 2-minute penalty for tripping, Schmidbauer received a long pass and scored on a breakaway. McHugh and Nicholas Kuchera (Eagan, Minn.) assisted.

Jamestown tied up the game, forcing extra time when Dylan Zink scored a power-play goal on a shot from the high slot. Brett Szajner was credited with the lone assist on the goal, which was scored with a little more than eight minutes remaining in regulation.

The game was decided in a shootout after a scoreless 5-minute overtime session. Only one goal was scored in the shootout, and the game-winner belonged to Jamestown’s Luc Gerdes.

McHugh led the Wild with a goal and an assist. Ballmer made 34 saves on 36 shots to earn the win for the Ironmen. Nick Schmit (Fargo, N.D.) took the loss. He made 33 saves on 35 shots.

Each team scored one power-play goal. The Wild had seven power plays while Jamestown had six chances.

The Wild (35-8-5) will return home to the Town Toyota Center next weekend (Saturday and Sunday) for a 2-game series against the Fresno Monsters. Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. while Friday’s game is slated for a 5:05 p.m. start.

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