From Saturday June 16, 2018
Your Wild proved today that they belong among the league leaders with a come from behind win over the first place Six Nations Warriors. With the win the Wild move into a tie for first place for the time being the Warriors with much work still left to do.
The Wild started out slow in this one and took some time to get their legs going. In doing so they spotted the Warriors a 2-0 lead by the halfway mark of the first. This is when the Wild found the scoreboard and made the score 2-1. The Warriors answered right back making it 3-1 before the Wild cut the lead to one heading to the dressing room. First period goals by Matthew Wyman and Kent Radbourne.
The Wild scored first in the second almost halfway through the frame to make the score 3-3 and then went up for the first time in the game 4-3. The Warrriors wouldn't quit however and they stormed back with two of their own to take a 5-4 lead to the second intermission. Great defensive efforts by the Wild defence as well as goaltender Reyd Fitton.
The Wild scored first in the third to tie it before the Warriors scored 2 to jump up 7-5 over the Wildmen. With only 5 minutes to go things looked bleek but the Warriors took a penalty and the Wild capitalized. They then scored again to tie it up at 7-7. With just over a minute to go the Wild pulled ahead and with only 30 seconds left they added one for good measure to make your final 9-7. The Wild scorers in the third period were Tyler Verutis, Tyler Nagy(3) and Kent Radbourne.
The Wild defence was the story of the game along with stellar goaltending. Without the work on the backend the goals wouldn't have mattered in the late minutes. Hats off to the D for a job well done and time to start thinking about the Thistles tomorrow.
From Sunday June 17, 2018
WOW! That has to be the most intense weeknd of lacrosse the Wild have seen in a couple years. The Wild closed out the weekend with a huge two points over the Fergus Thistles who were too much for the Wild to handle only a couple weeks ago. The Wild sent a message today that they are ready for a long playoff run and even with a few key bodies out of the lineup the Wild came out victorious.
Twas not a good start for the Wildmen however as they fell down early 3-0 as the home town boys took a little while to get their legs going. It wasn't until there was only 5 mins on the clock did the Wild get on the baord for the first time. And once they did they rattled off 4 straight to close the period and take a 4-3 lead to the locker room. FIrst period goals by Matthew Wyman (2), Tyler Nagy and Tyler Verutis.
The second period was quite the see saw battle with the Thistles scoring first out of the gate and the the Wild scoring two of their own to take a 2 goal lead. That lead was erased before the Wild were able to get two more to finally finish the period with a 9-7 lead. Phew...intense. Second period goals by Verutis (3), Wyman and Cody Hudson with his first as a Wildman.
The Thistles were definitely not going away as they scored the first two goals of the third period to knot things at 9 just two minutes in. Then...the Wild offence took matters into their own hands and scored 7 times to Fergus' 1 the rest of the way. The Wild shut the door on the Thistles handily and ran away with the victory and a big two points in the standings. Third period goal scorers were Kent Radbourne (2), Nagy (2), Evan Girdler with his first as a Wildman, new acquired Landon Whitlow from Six Nations, and Verutis.
With the win the Wild move one point up on now second place Brantford and 2 points up on third place Six Nations. With 2 games left and 4 important points still to get the playoffs type feeling has definitely started for the Wild.
The WIld are next up on Friday night when they visit the Oakville Buzz and then home on Sunday for their last regualr season game of the season and it's also Sponsor VIP Night.
A solid effort by the fellas and sme true grit shown by all players in uniform this weekend. Can't wait to see what comes next.