The Maine Wild Junior team has returned from winter break and opened back up with 3 games this past weekend all on the road.
On Friday, January 6th, the Wild traveled to play the Cape Cod Islanders in a 12:00 PM matchup. The Islanders came out flying scoring the only goal in the 1st period, and then extending their lead with 4 more goals in the 2nd. The Islanders would score one more time early in the 3rd before Drew Lambert would get Maine on the board. Cape Cod would respond with their 7th goal just over a minute later. Dylan Demers would net one more for Maine before time would run out and Maine would lose by a score of 7-2. Brandon Daigle stopped 12 of 16 shots then Brayden McGary 12 of 15 for Maine.
Saturday, January 7th, Maine would travel to its interstate rival, the L/A Fighting Spirit for a 7:00 PM start. The Spirit would get on the scoreboard first just minutes in to the first only to be tied up with 0:32 remaining in the period by Wild’s Derek Erbe, assisted by Tucker Twardosky. A scoreless second period would keep things tied up going in to the 3rd period. The third period would be all Spirit scoring 2 and an empty netter to defeat the Wild 4-1. Brandon Daigle stopped 27 of 30 shots in net for Maine.
Sunday, January 8th, Maine would travel south to play the 2nd place New England Stars. A competitive back and fourth first period would end scoreless. Maine would get on the board first coming at 3:21 in to the 2nd with Dean Pratt scoring on the power play, assisted by Connor Busch. The Stars would tie the game up halfway through the third on a power play goal to force overtime. The Wild would get an opportunity early and it was Drew Lambert capitalizing giving the Wild the 2-1 victory just 0:39 in to the overtime period. Assists went to Connor Busch and Zach Gagne. Chris Oshaughnessy got the win in net stopping 29 of 30 shots faced.
“The weekend should have been better. The win over the stars was huge for us. However we are not chasing the Stars. The Cape game and Spirit games were the games we needed. We just did not play well at Cape or at the Spirit. We came back Sunday and played a discipline and structured game. We played with emotion and purpose. When we play that way we are a very tough team to play. We have a solid team. What we need to do the rest of the way is play the way we did Sunday against the Stars. If we can do that we should make the playoffs. From there it’s anybody’s to have. For now it’s one game at a time.” – Head Coach Jack Lowry
The Wild return to action next weekend on Saturday, January 14th, as they rematch the New England Stars. The game will be held at Biddeford Ice Arena at 7:30 PM. For the full Maine Wild schedule, visit www.NA3HL.com. You can also watch all Maine Wild games live on Hockey TV!