Host Fredericton Canadiens after visiting Saint John
KENSINGTON – The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild will play at home for the first time in two weeks on Saturday.
The Wild, who split a pair of road games last weekend, will host the Fredericton Canadiens at Community Gardens in a 7:30 start.
The Wild opens weekend play by visiting the Saint John Vitos on Friday night.
“Based on our last three or four games, which have all been tight battles, we are expecting two more tight battles this weekend,” said Wild head coach Mark Carragher following Wednesday night’s practice at the Gardens. “Our goal every weekend is to get points.”
The Wild edged the Charlottetown Islanders 4-3 for their first victory of the season on Oct. 11, and followed that game up with a strong showing in a 4-3 loss to the league-leading Miramichi Rivermen on Saturday. The Wild actually took a 3-1 lead into the third period in that game.
In fact, the last three Wild games have all been decided by one goal.
“We are right there each game,” said Carragher. “We have a group that is relatively new, and we are learning how to win.
“It was nice to get that first one out of the way for sure. I think we are going to keep getting better moving forward.”
“Based on our last three or four games, which have all been tight battles, we are expecting two more tight battles this weekend. Our goal every weekend is to get points.” Wild head coach Mark Carragher
The Wild enters weekend action with a 1-5-0 (won-lost-overtime losses) record, tied for last place with the Islanders in the six-team league.
Saint John sits in third place at 4-1-1, and the Canadiens are off to a 2-5-0 start.
The Wild has met both the Vitos and Canadiens once in regular-season play.
Saint John prevailed 8-3 to spoil the Wild’s home opener on Sept. 28, and the Canadiens topped visiting Kensington 4-1 the following day.
But both the Vitos and Canadiens will see a different Wild team this weekend.
“We are starting to do the little things a lot better we’ve been asking the players to focus on,” said Carragher. “We are starting to put the puck in the net a little bit more, which is obviously a key.
“In our overall play, we have been a little sharper in all areas.”
One focus at practice this week was “fine-tuning the little things” that Carragher says are “so important to being successful in this league.”