Miramichi visits Gardens on Saturday night
KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild will look to earn the franchise’s inaugural victory on Saturday night.
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Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild head coach Mark Carragher, right, explains a drill during a recent practice at Community Gardens.
After being swept in a pre-season home-and-home series by the Charlottetown Islanders, the Wild have dropped their first three regular-season games in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League.
However, head coach Mark Carragher is not about to panic.
“Any time you are looking for your first win it does add a little more pressure,” said Carragher before Wednesday night’s practice. “We are more focused on the full process here, trying to get better each week.
“We believe if we play the right way the wins will take care of themselves.”
The Wild’s next game is Saturday, when the Miramichi Rivermen bring a 2-0-1 (won-lost-overtime losses) record into Community Gardens. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“It’s the first time we see them (Rivermen) this year,” said Carragher. “They are always a tough team to play, and are a hard-working team.
“Any time you are looking for your first win it does add a little more pressure. We are more focused on the full process here, trying to get better each week. We believe if we play the right way the wins will take care of themself.” Kensington Wild head coach Mark Carragher
“It should be an evenly-matched game.”
As for the team’s first three games, in which the Wild has scored six goals and given up 18, Carragher provided this analysis: “We’re a young and inexperienced team, so it’s expected that we would get off to a bit of a slow start. There have been a lot of good signs in all three games.
“We have been right there in the second period tied, but we’ve had some letdowns that led to some breakdowns in the third period. We expect, as the year goes along, to fix those (letdowns) and play more consistently.”