The Maine Wild had a busy weekend with 3 games on their schedule. Friday they were on the road vs. the East Coast Minutemen, then returned home to host the Long Beach Sharks in a 2 game series.
Friday, the Wild traveled to Ristuccia Arena to face-off vs. the East Coast Minutemen. The Minutemen came out flying catching the Wild flat-footed and taking a 2-0 lead going in to the 2nd period. The Wild would finally get their feet moving in the 2nd with Ryan Gilboy putting the Wild on the board first, followed by goals from Lema Muradov and Kyle Sikora. The Minutemen would tie things up before the 3rd. Maine would score twice early in the 3rd with an unassisted goal by Dean Pratt, followed by a power play goal just 50 seconds later by Lema Muradov. The Minutemen would bring the score within 1 only to be countered by Wild’s Dean Pratt securing a 6-4 victory for Maine. Chris Shaughnessy got the win in net for Maine stopping 49 shots!
Maine would continue where they left off, this time catching Long Beach a little flat-footed. Dean Pratt would get an unassisted goal and Cameron Bisson would follow him up giving the Wild a 2 goal lead heading in to the 2nd. Lema Muradov would continue his scoring streak getting the next goal for the Wild. Long Beach would answer with a goal 8:32 in. Maine would not be phased as they would put 3 more on the board before the end of the period. The goals would come from Nicholas Ness, Dean Pratt, and Zach Gagne. Although Maine would not be able to put anymore on the board in the 3rd period, they would hold the Sharks to only obtaining 2 giving the Wild a 6-3 victory. Brandon Dangle turned away 36 of 29 shots in net for Maine.
Sundays game vs. Long Beach would be the last time the two teams face-off during the regular season and what an offensive battle it was. The two teams would go back-and-forth scoring in the first with Muradov netting two power play goals but ultimately being down 3-2 going in to the start of the 2nd. Muradov would secure the hat-trick just 18 seconds in to the start of the 2nd period. The Sharks would net two more only to be answered by Maine with 3 goals from 3 different players. This time it would be Zach Gagne, Reagan Wintle, and Dean Pratt tallying goals for Maine. Long beach would score before the end of the 2nd making it a 6-6 tie game to start the 3rd period. Long Beach would score 6:31 in but that would not be the end of the scoring for either team. Maine answered back with 2 goals less than a minute apart coming from Connor Busch and Dean Pratt. Long Beach would tie the game less than a minute later at 8 a piece forcing overtime. Long Beach was able to capitalize with just 12 seconds left in overtime giving them the 9-8 victory. Notable players of the game for Maine was Dean Pratt with 2 goals and 2 assists, Zach Gagne with a goal and 3 assists, Connor Busch with a goal and 3 assists, and leading the action was Lema Muradov with a hat-trick and 3 assists!
“It was a great weekend for The Maine Wild. The team is coming together. We had 2 solid games to start the weekend. We took 3 key injuries on Saturday that left us with a short bench. Our veterans lead the way for us all weekend. Lema Muradov had a 14 point weekend, followed by Dead Pratt, and Ryan Gilboy. The defensive pair of Zack Gagne and Connor Busch, were outstanding. Sundays game was just a never give up type game we ended the game with 3 D and 8 forwards and had 4 great chances in OT to end the game. It was just one of those plays you see so many times in games like that. But to get 5 out of 6 points was out standing” – Head Coach Jack Lowry
The Maine Wild go on Thanksgiving break. They return to action with a home-and-home 2 game series vs. the Cape Cod Islanders on December 3rd and 4th.