The Wild had 2 games this weekend traveling to Falmouth for a Saturday night game vs. the Cape Cod Islanders, and then returning home to host the East Coast Minutemen on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday’s game vs. the Cape Cod Islanders did not start the way the Wild would have liked. The Islanders tallied 3 goals in the first, catching the Wild flat footed off the start. The Islanders would then extend their lead to 4 in the 2nd period before the Wild were able to get on the board. Connor Busch scored first for the Wild with an assist going to Dean Pratt on a power play goal 14:28 in to the 2nd period. Ryan Gilboy would score next for the Wild just under 4 minutes later, bringing the score within 2 heading in to the 3rd period. Cape Cod would put their 5th of the night in 4:23 in to the start of the 3rd. Tucker Twardosky would round out the scoring for the Wild, with an unassisted goal 17:02 in to the 3rd period rounding out a 5-3 loss for the Wild.
The Wild came out looking to respond on Sunday in their 11:10a game vs. the Eats Coast Minutemen. The Minutemen would get on the board force, only to be tied up just minutes laters with a Wild goal by Daniel Erbe, assisted by Cameron Bisson and Derek Erbe. The Minutemen would take the lead back just 2:45 in to the start of the 2nd period. Maine found their stride and took control of the game getting 2 goals coming from Joey Mazzochia and Connor Busch, to enter the 3rd with a 3-2 lead. The Wild continued to build on the momentum they gain din the 2nd, completely shutting down the Minutemen and notching 3 more goals in the process. Goals came from Dylan Demers, Cameron Bisson, and Dean Pratt. Brandon Dangle got the win in net for the Wild stopping 22 of 24 shots.
We caught up from head coach, Jack Lowry to get his thoughts on the weekend.
“The weekend overall was a good one. We had a slow first period against Cape Cod and it cost us. You can’t spot a team like Cape Cod 4 goals and expect to win. We out scored them 3-1 over the last 2 periods, and played solid hockey. Sunday against the Minutemen we brought the effort of our last 2 periods on the Cape and played a strong 60 minutes. We were with out 3 of our regular players due to injury for both games. It was a big lift to our young team to see that if we work hard together as a team we can be very effective. We were able to add a new defenseman who has both NAHL and college division 3 experience, Connor Busch. Who had a big impact on our back end with captain Zack Gagne. Looking forward to this weeks game vs. the Stars.”
The Wild are back in action next weekend with only one game, Saturday, November 5th vs. the New England Stars at 3:50p at Skate 3 Arena. All Wild games can be watched live on www.hockeytv.com