The Wild returned to action for the first time since the holiday break to battle the Cape Cod Islanders in a home-home series starting Saturday night.
Saturday night the Cape Cod Islanders made the trip to Biddeford to start the home-home series. Maine would get on the board first, with Jordan Tieken scoring just 3:00 in, assisted by Connor Busch. Cape Cod would come out flying in the 2nd and were able to tie the game up just 30 seconds in to the start of the period. The Islanders would score two more goals to Maine’s zero in the second, giving them a 3-1 lead heading in to the third period. Connor Busch would bring the game within 1 for the Wild, 13:45 in assisted by Reagan Wintle. Unfortunately, Busch’s goal would be the last one of the game for the Wild resulting in a 3-2 loss.
The Wild traveled to the Islanders Sunday to finish of the home-home series. Sunday would be all Islanders as they scored a goal a period and Maine was not able to find the back of the net. The Islanders would win 3-0 to close out the series. Brandon Dangle turned away 23 of 26 shots on net for the Wild.
“Hockey is a 3 period game. Saturday we ran up against a great goaltending effort. We played 40 minutes of hockey. The second period we were flat and slow to respond to our first period effort. Sunday was a different animal. We played 60 minutes again came up against solid goaltending. We were not willing as a team to battle and win the 1v1 battles in front of their net. If we could have done that in both games, the least the weekend would have given us was a split. It was an 8 point swing for us in the wrong direction. The up side is we competed and there still is a long way to go. Part of growing pains.” – Head Coach Jack Lowry
The Wild return to action next weekend with just 1 game, traveling to the Canton SportsPlex to face-off vs. the Northeast Generals December 9th, at8:30p. All Wild games can be watched live on Hockey TV!