The Maine Wild traveled to the New England Stars Saturday November 5, in their sole game of the weekend for both teams. The Wild were coming in to the game off a 6-2 win the previous weekend vs. the East Coast Minutemen meanwhile the Stars were looking to get back on track after a 3-2 loss to the Cape Cod Islanders the prior week.
The Stars would get on the board first just over halfway through the period with a goal by Peter Menzies, assisted by Tyson Gudaitis and Nolan Arbuckle. The Wild would quickly respond just 1:26 later with a goal by Connor Busch, assisted by Kyle Sikora and Robert Benton on the power play. The Stars would come out flying in the 2nd period netting a goal just 1:10 in to the period off the stick of Cole Archamnbeault, assisted by Hunter McTague and John Krapian. The Wild would tie things up just :03 before the end of the period with a goal from Lema Muradov, assisted by Connor Busch. Michael Lempiainen would would net a shorthanded goal in the 3rd for the Stars with an assist going to Ryan Paul 5:30 in. The Wild would once again respond to tie things up with 5:01 on the clock and the goal going to Ryan Gilboy, assisted by Robert Benton. Neither team would net another goal in regulation forcing overtime where neither team would capitalize either. The game would come down to a shootout with Maine going first. Lema Muradov would be the first to score in the shootout going 3rd for Maine, only to be matched by the Stars 3rd shooter, Ian Gately. The game would come down to Maine’s 5th shooter with Robert Benton finding the back of the net giving them the win.
“That was a big win for our program, and a big boost of confidence for our young players. Brandon Daigle played his game-of-the-year in the net, and gave us a chance to win. The win was a team effort in all phases of the game, our veterans Zack Gagne, Ryan Gilboy, Lema Muradov and Connor Busch lead the way through the overtime. I believe we are now poised to go on a run.” – Head Coach Jack Lowry
Brandon Daigle would get the win in net for the Wild turning away 31 of 34 shots.. The Wild are back in action on November 12th and 13th, traveling to the Syracuse Stampede for a 2 game series. Full schedule can be found at NA3HL.com and all games can be watched live on Hockey TV.