The Wild were home this weekend for 2 games. Saturday they hosted the East Coast Minutemen and Sunday the L/A Fighting Spirit.
On Saturday, January 21st, The Wild hosted the East Coast Minutemen in a 7:30pm start. The Wild hopped out to an early lead scoring just 1:16 in to the game with a goal by Connor Busch, assisted by Zach Gagne. Derek Erbe would extend that lead to 2 just minutes later with assists going to Dean Pratt and Ryan Gilboy. The Minutemen would find the board with a late period goal reducing the Wilds lead to 1 entering the 2nd period. The Minutemen would gain the momentum with 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd period taking a 1 goal lead. Maine would tie things up 8:20 in to the 2nd with a goal by Chris Hoxie, assisted by Cameron Campbell and Daniel Erbe. The Minutemen would regain a 1 goal lead before the end of the 2nd. Despite Maine’s 38 shots on net, they would not be able to tally any more goals for the night with the Minutemen capitalizing 3 more times resulting in a 7-3 loss for Maine.
On Sunday, January 22nd, the Wild hosted the L/A Fighting Spirit in a 11:00am start. After a scoreless first period, it would be the Fighting Spirit who would score first, notching 2 goals in the 2nd period. Although many attempts, the Wild would only manage to get 1 past Spirit goaltender coming 17:17 in to the 3rd period by Cameron Campbell, assisted by Riley Lavoie. Time would run out resulting in a 2-1 loss for Maine. Brandon Dangle stopped 27 of 29 shots faced.
“We lost another 2 games and are putting ourselves in a tough spot at making the playoffs. Saturday vs. Minutemen we got off to a 2 goal lead and thought because we had beat them in previous games we were on our way to victory. We stopped working hard and playing as a team. We played like individuals. As a result got blown out of our own building. Sunday however was a different story. After a team meeting after the Minutemen game and scratching players for the first time all year. We had a 60 minute effort. The difference in the game was 2 fold goal tending and our power play. We were given a 7 minute power play chance and produced 5 shots. For whatever reason our power play was just not good. The up side out of this weekend, with the addition of 2 new players, I feel we have turned the corner and have found our compete level. As I said we’ve dug a hole for ourselves but there is still enough games left for us to make the playoffs” – Head Coach Jack Lowry
The Wild are back in action next weekend with a home and home vs. the New England Stars. Saturday January 28th will be away at Skate 3 Arena in Tyngsboro, MA at 3:50 and Sunday, January 29th, returning home for an 11:00am start. All Wild games can be watched live on Hockey TV.