The Wild had 2 games this past weekend. They were on the road Friday vs. the East Coast Minutemen and then home Saturday vs. the Northeast Generals.
On Friday, February 17, The Wild traveled to the East Coast Minutemen for a 8:30 PM matchup. The Minutemen would kick things off scoring just 4 minutes into the first period. The Wild would respond with a goal by Zach Gagne 11:48 into the period to tie the game at 1 heading into the 2nd period. The goal was assisted by Lema Muradov and Drew Lambert. The Minutemen would regain the lead just 0:49 in to the 2nd period. Lema Muradov would respond for Maine, scoring 2:20 in, assisted by Drew Lambert and Connor Busch. The Minutemen would notch 3 more to go up 5-2 before the end of the period. Maine would show hope in the 3rd with a goal by Chris Hoxie, 2:37 in assisted by Joey Mazzochia and Connor Busch. The Minutemen would tally the next goal regaining the 3 goal lead. Maine would find the board just one more time 16:31 in, this goal coming from Tucker Twardosky, assisted by Joey Mazzochia and Dylan Demers. The scoring would stop there resulting in a 6-4 loss for Maine. Brayden McGary stopped 40 of 46 shots in ent for Maine.
On Saturday, February 18, The Wild would return home to host the Northeast Generals in a 7:30 PM puck drop. The Generals would get the sole goal in the first period. That goal would be countered by the sole goal in the 2nd coming from Maine’s Lema Muradov, assisted by Tucker Twardosky and Joey Mazzochia. With a 1-1 game heading into the 3rd, it would be Kyle Sikora giving Maine the go ahead goal just 0:34 into the period. The goal was assisted by Dean Pratt and Ryan Gilboy. Maine would extend their lead just 2 minutes later. This goal coming from Chris Hoxie, assisted by Tucker Twardosky and Joey Mazzochia. Maine would extend their lead to 3 with a goal by Lema Muradov 5:12 into the period, assisted by Cameron Campbell and Connor Busch. The Generals would answer with a goal at the 10:47 mark. The Wild would find the back of the net just one more time, this time coming from Dylan Demers, assisted by Connor Busch and Kyle Sikora giving the Wild the 5-2 victory! Brandon Daigle stopped 27 of 29 shots in net for Maine.
“It was a mixed bag this weekend. Verse the Minutemen we were flat and inconsistent, a bad combination. The next game against the Generals we played our best game of the year. From our goalie out, everyone did their job. It’s our hope we can continue playing that way down the stretch. We are not out of playoffs, but very close. It’s down to one shift at a time.” – Head Coach Jack Lowry
The Wild have the weekend off before returning to action on Wednesday, March 1st when the host the East Coast Minutemen in a 12:00 PM game. All Wild games can be watched live on Hockey TV.