The game between Maine Wild and Wilkes-Barre Miners was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Maine Wild emerged with a 5-3 win.
Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Travis Mansir secured the win for Maine Wild with a goal in the second period.
Drew Lupardo had a great game for Maine Wild, netting two goals. Lupardo found the back of the net on the power play 14:01 into the first period to make the score 3-2 Wilkes-Barre Miners and again while 19:49 into the first to make the score 3-3.
Wilkes-Barre Miners was unable to stop Maine Wild from sending pucks towards the net, and Maine Wild eventually piled up 35 shots on goal. Maine Wild bested its season scoring average. Maine Wild has scored at the pace of 2.9 goals per game during the current campaign.
Noel Fischer also scored for Maine Wild. Other players who recorded assists for Maine Wild were Zach Gagne, Ryan Donohue, Spence Cowand, Chad Saulnier, and Joe Giannini, who each chipped in one and Ignat Molchanov and Matt Henderson, who contributed two each.
Wilkes-Barre Miners managed to stay out of the box better than usual, racking up one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Wilkes-Barre Miners wound up below its season average of 17.0 penalty minutes per game. Wilkes-Barre Miners\’ offense rang up 35 shots on Maine Wild\’s net.
Wilkes-Barre Miners was helped by Austin Bandura, who registered one goal. Bandura scored on the power play 11:58 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Wilkes-Barre Miners. Zoltan Eross provided the assist. Wilkes-Barre Miners additionally got points from Alexandr Lobachev, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Wilkes-Barre Miners also got a goal from Arturs Bush as well. More assists for Wilkes-Barre Miners came via Brett Welsh, Jonathan Wisten, and Derek Bureau, who each chipped in one.
Maine Wild\’s Lucas Osborne stopped 32 shots out of the 35 that he faced. Maine Wild incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Andrew Sharkus made 30 saves for Wilkes-Barre Miners on 35 shots. Wilkes-Barre Miners registered one goal on five power play opportunities.