Austin Bandura was all over the ice for Wilkes-Barre Miners, as he tallied two goals and one assist in Wilkes-Barre Miners\’ 7-4 win over Maine Wild.
Bandura\’s tallies came on the power play at 11:22 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Wilkes-Barre Miners and on the power play 10:05 into the third to make the score 5-4 Wilkes-Barre Miners.
Maine Wild was doomed by its poor performance on special teams, as Wilkes-Barre Miners was able to score five times while on the power play.
Wilkes-Barre Miners forced Maine Wild\’s goaltenders to work between the pipes, getting 39 shots and forcing 32 saves. Lucas Osborne made 22 stops and Justin Broy made 10. Wilkes-Barre Miners bested its season scoring average. Wilkes-Barre Miners has scored at the pace of 4.1 goals per game during the current campaign. Wilkes-Barre Miners struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 24 penalty minutes for six opposing power plays.
Wilkes-Barre Miners also got points from Arturs Bush, who also grabbed two goals and one assist, Jonathan Wisten, who also had two goals and one assist, and Derek Bureau, who also finished with one goal and three assists to lead the team in points. Wilkes-Barre Miners also got a goal from Michael Tugo as well. Other players who recorded assists for Wilkes-Barre Miners were Daniel Leisser, who had three.
Maine Wild forced Wilkes-Barre Miners goalie Nolan Bivolcic to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots.
Maine Wild was led by Noel Fischer, who registered two goals and one assist. Fischer scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 17:55 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Wilkes-Barre Miners. A tripping penalty on Leisser had put Maine Wild on the power play. Matt Jerome picked up the assist. Fischer\’s next tally on the power play made the score 4-4 with 10:56 left in the third period. Ignat Molchanov provided the assist. Drew Lupardo also scored for Maine Wild. More assists for Maine Wild came via Spence Cowand and Joe Giannini, who contributed one each.
Nolan Bivolcic made 29 saves for Wilkes-Barre Miners on 33 shots. Maine Wild incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.