FRISCO, Texas — The Wenatchee Wild kept their Roberston Cup title hopes alive with a dominant 5-2 win against the Jamestown Ironmen on Saturday at Dr Pepper Arena.
Wenatchee went on the offensive almost from the initial puck drop and peppered the Ironmen with shot after shot.
Chris Kerr lit the lamp off an assist from Max McHugh and Joe Sullivan scored on a power play on another assist from McHugh.
The Wild took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and outshot Jamestown 10-3 in that timeframe.
“We created some good chances right away and we were fortunate to get some bounces,” coach Bliss Littler said.
Jacob Barber added to the lead with a goal early in the first period and Kerr netted another score on a power play to give the team a 4-0 lead midway through the second period.
Jamestown’s Daniel Cesarz got one past goalie Robert Nichols to stop the shutout and Victor Johansson put one between the pipes to make it a 4-2 affair in the third period.
Jono Davis scored the final goal of the afternoon off an assist from McHugh, who tallied three in the victory.
Nichols recorded 14 saves and Wenatchee had a big contribution from its power play unit, which went 2-for-3.
The Wild are 1-1 in the three-team round robin-style tournament. They lost 3-2 against Bismarck on Friday on a game-winning goal late in the third period.
Littler said the team came out nervous, but did a good job of recovering and played solid for two periods.
Wenatchee will be tested again with a tough Amarillo Bulls squad, which is 2-0 in Robertson Cup play. The Bulls downed the Ironmen 2-1 Friday and defeated Bismarck 2-1 Saturday. Jamestown, who lost on Friday and Saturday, has been eliminated from championship contention.
The Wild beat the Bulls in 5-3 in September in their only meeting this season.
“They’re a skilled team, a tough team,” Littler said of Amarillo. “They play a fun style that’s fun to watch and I think we just have to match their physical style of play. Both teams will be dragging a bit being the third day of play, so it will be a matter of will.”