Back to Back Away Games See The Wild Split A Win And Loss

The Winnipeg Wild had an away weekend set against the Southwest Cougars and Yellowhead Chiefs, where they split with a win and a loss. Their Saturday matchup against the Cougars saw them fall 5-4, but bounced back on Sunday with a 4-2 win over the Chiefs.

A Saturday night matchup between the second and third place teams at Souris/Glenwood Memorial Complex was destined to be great, and did we ever have fireworks. While the game went scoreless through the first 20 minutes, the Wild broke the ice just under three minutes into the second frame from Declan Siwicki. The Cougars got on the board twice before the period ended to give them the lead going into the final 20 minutes. An eventful third period saw a combined six goals between the two teams, with Jack Clark scoring the shorthanded winner with seven and a half minutes left in the game. William Marceus cut the lead to one just a minute later, but it was not enough. Jacob Armstrong stopped 37/42.

The following day, the Wild traveled out to Shoal Lake Communiplex to take on the Yellowhead Chiefs. The game began just like the day before with a scoreless first. Defenceman Hudson Kowalchuk got the Wild on the board first on Sunday, but the Chiefs answered three minutes later. This had the game tied going into the third period. For two thirds of the final frame, the game stayed tied until Gino Cotroneo scored for the Wild with four minutes left. Then less than a minute later, Carter Kingerski extended the lead, which eventually was the game winner. The Chiefs made it 3-2 with just a minute and a half left, then Wyatt Dyck iced the game with an empty netter with fourty seconds to go. Dawson Groen saved 29/31 in the win.

Having collected a win and a loss this past weekend, the Wild still sit in third place three points behind the Southwest Cougars. The Wild return home this week for three of their final four home games, with their opponents being the Eastman Selects on Wednesday, the Cougars once more on Saturday, and the Chiefs (not from Kansas City) again on Sunday.