Wild Go 2-1 On Busy Weekend, Six Game Win Streak Snapped

The Winnipeg Wild had a busy weekend, taking on the Interlake Lightning on Friday in Teulon. This was followed up by a rematch with the Lightning at home, then they finished the weekend with a trip out to Morris to play the Pembina Valley Hawks on Sunday. They won both games of the home and home with the Lightning, but ultimately had their six game win streak snapped against the Hawks on Sunday.

The three game weekend began with a win for the Wild on the road in Teulon over the Lightning. The Wild controlled much of the play for a good part of the game and lead throughout this one. A third period power play goal from Jonah Vanderhorst mid way through the frame gave the Wild a two goal advantage and put the game on ice. Jacob Armstrong stopped 33/34 in the win. This victory extended the Wild’s 2024 win streak to five games.

The Wild played a rematch with Interlake the following day, this time at home in the Hockey For All Centre. The Lightning came out flying to start the game and found the back of the net mid way through the first period. Then after a Wild goal six minutes in the middle frame from a Cole Babych tip, the home team took complete control of the game. A crazy third period with six combined penalties and a William Marceus snipe off the rush saw the Wild take the reigns and hold on for a 3-1 win and their sixth victory in a row. Dawson Groen made some fantastic saves, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced.

The final game of the weekend saw the Wild travel out to Morris to take on the Pembina Valley Hawks. At one point in this game, the Wild held a 3-0 lead mid way through the second period. But then with six minutes to go in the frame, the Hawks got on the board for the first time of the afternoon, which then saw them rattle off five unanswered goals. A late Declan Siwicki marker with about 50 seconds left cut the lead to one, but it just wasn’t enough. This saw the Hawks take the game 5-4 and end the Wild’s six game win streak.

An overall good weekend for the Wild saw them go 2-1 and solidify themselves in third place with 46 points. They now hold a three point gap to the Winnipeg Thrashers in fourth, and are still chasing the Southwest Cougars in second.

The next time the Winnipeg Wild will be on the ice will be Saturday February 3rd in Souris Manitoba, where the Wild will take on the second place Cougars. This is a great chance for the Wild to continue to push for second place and it’ll be a fantastic contest between two of the best teams in the league.