The Maine Wild traveled out to Blaine, Minnesota this past weekend for the 2016 North American 3 Hockey League Showcase where they would play three out of division teams.
On Friday, The Wild would face the Helena Bighorns who sit in sixth place in the Frontier Division. Connor Busch would get the Wild’s offense going with a power play goal in the first assisted by Zach Gagne and Dean Pratt. Kyle Sikora would extend that lead to 2-0 just 0:57 seconds in to the start of the second period. His goal being assisted by Connor Busch. Helena would close the lead to one just under six minutes later. Reagan Wintle would regain the momentum for the Wild with a goal 18:10 in to the period, assisted by Connor Busch and Cameron Campbell. Helena would respond by closing the lead to 1 just thirty seconds later. Reagan Wintle would find the net next for Maine bringing the score to 4-27:26 in to the third. Helena would tally their third goal of the game, this time scoring on the power play. Dean Pratt would wrap up the scoring for Maine en route to a 5-3 victory. Brayden McGary got the win in net turning away 16 of 19 shots.
On Saturday, the Wild were scheduled to play the Glacier Nationals who are in 8th place in the Frontier Division. After a scoreless first period, it would be Lema Muradov to put the Wild on the board first with an assist going to Nick Fort on the power play. The Nationals would respond 1:21 later to make it 1-1 going in to the third period. Daniel Erbe would get the go ahead goal 6:08 in to the 3rd with assists going to Connor Busch and Jordan Tieken. Cameron Campbell would get the insurance goal for Maine, assisted by Reagan Wintle and Cameron Bisson, giving the Wild a 3-1 victory.
ON the Final Day of the Showcase (Sunday), Maine would face-off against the Frontier Division 7th place team, Billings Bulls. Connor Busch would once again find the back of the net for the only goal of the first period. Lema Muradov getting the assist on the goal coming on the power play. The second period would be all Maine with Cameron Campbell and Lema Muradov both scoring. Connor Busch would close out the scoring with the only goal for either team in a heavily penalized third period of hockey. The Wild would win 4-0 and complete the weekend showcase sweep!
“It was a great weekend. We are jelling as a team. I honestly feel as the team we have right now can go the distance. We have the right mix of veterans and skilled young players to make a run. At this point it is all about our next game. Great way to hit the break. We are looking to add 2 or 3 more players over the break. If we can do that and gain a playoff spot I like our chances. We were sound in all phases of our game this weekend. This was the Maine Wilds first showcase where we took all 3.” -Head Coach Jack Lowry
The Wild are off for the holidays and return to action with a 3 game weekend January 6-8 all on the road. To view their full schedule, visit www.NA3HL.com