The Wild dropped two games to the Fighting Spirit of New Hampshire this weekend by the scores of 4-3 and 4-1. Coach Mike Tenney said although it was again two losses the team is starting to turn the corner in the right direction.
"The Fighting Spirit are one of the best teams in the league at this moment and we gave them all they could handle for most of the weekend," Tenney said.
The Wild were down on Saturday night 2-0 when Noel Fischer scored on a breakaway to make the score 2-1. After the goal the Fighting Spirit came right back and made the score 3-1.
"When they went up 3 to 1, we could have folded up shop and quit but we fought back and stayed in the game and I was really proud of the character that we showed," Tenney said. The Wild would again score to pull the game to within one when Matt Henderson scored to make it 3-2. The Fighting Spirit would push the lead to 2 again as minutes later they went up 4-2. The Wild again showed resolve as Spence Cowand got the game to 4 to 3 on a strong effort in front of the net on assists from Ryan Donohue and Chris King.
"We fought really hard in a losing effort but we stayed with them and we did not quit there are a lot of positives that came out of that game Saturday," said Tenney.
Sunday saw the same type of quick paced action dictating the game. The Wild again found themselves down 1-0 in the first period when Taylor Zion tied the score at 1 going into the intermission.
"We again were right with them for most of the game today. Their goaltender played well and we were not able to convert on our chances after that first goal," Tenney said of Sunday's 4-1 loss. The Fighting Spirit scored in the second period to make the score 2 to 1 going into the third. The Spirit would add 2 more on their way to a 4 to 1 victory.
"We have a quick turnaround and we need to take the positives from this weekend into our game Wednesday against the New England Stars," Tenney said.