It took a shootout to decide, but the Maine Wild took one victory from their three games last weekend at the NA3EHL showcase in Lockport, New York.
The team's only win came against the Wilkes-Barre Miners and in dramatic fashion, featuring the Wild digging themselves out of a 4-0 defecit to tie the game and force the OT and shootout.
"We played three close games," said Head Coach Mike Tenney. "I was proud of the guys and the way they fought back (against the Miners). I wasn't happy when they were down, but anytime you can show resiliency, that's a good thing."
The team kicked off their series on Friday against the Roc City Royals. The Wild jumped to a 3-1 lead but then sat back on their heels and watched the other team find their game – and the back of the net.
"We tied it 4-4 and they scored a late goal for the 5-4 win, so we had a lead and we weren't able to hold onto it. We talked to the guys about giving a full effort."
The talk paid off and the Wild came out strong against Lockport, Tenney said.
"I thought it was the most complete team effort we had, even though we lost," he said.
This week, the Wild will work out the kinks of their game in practice. The team next faces the NH Fighting Spirit on Jan. 30.
"It's just really about consistency within our game plan," he said. "They get the message, and it's just our execution. I always think the effot is there, just not execution and focus."
In such a competitive league, Tenney said, focus is key.
"Everyone is playing one- and two-goal games," he said. "We want to be consistent. We have the next two weeks to focus on the execution of the game plan and doing things the right way."