The New England Stars Hosted the Maine Wild Saturday November 5, in their sole game of the weekend for both teams. The Wild were coming in to the game off a 6-2 win the previous weekend vs. the East Coast Minutemen meanwhile the Stars were looking to get back on track after a 3-2 loss to the Cape Cod Islanders the prior week.
The Stars would get on the board first just over halfway through the period with a goal by Peter Menzies, assisted by Tyson Gudaitis and Nolan Arbuckle. The Wild would quickly respond just 1:26 later with a goal by Connor Busch, assisted by Kyle Sikora and Robert Benton on the power play. The Stars would come out flying in the 2nd period netting a goal just 1:10 in to the period off the stick of Cole Archamnbeault, assisted by Hunter McTague and John Krapian. The Wild would tie things up just :03 before the end of the period with a goal from Lema Muradov, assisted by Connor Busch. Michael Lempiainen would would net a shorthanded goal in the 3rd for the Stars with an assist going to Ryan Paul 5:30 in. The Wild would once again respond to tie things up with 5:01 on the clock and the goal going to Ryan Gilboy, assisted by Robert Benton. Neither team would net another goal in regulation forcing overtime where neither team would capitalize either. The game would come down to a shootout with Maine going first. Lema Muradov would be the first to score in the shootout going 3rd for Maine, only to be matched by the Stars 3rd shooter, Ian Gately. The game would come down to Maine’s 5th shooter with Robert Benton finding the back of the net giving them the win.
“We had a few too many guys thinking about themselves instead of the team. Maine played well and buried on a couple of our mistakes. A little more puck luck and I think we would have won but we didn’t do ourselves any favors with our selfishness and unwillingness to go to the front of the net. We’ll get back at it this week and get ready for a road trip down to the 3 time champion (Jersey Shore Wildcats).” – Head Coach Darryl Green
Greg Moon would turn away 18 of 21 shots for the Stars in net. The stars are back in action on November 12th and 13th, traveling to Jersey Shore Wildcats for a 2 game series. Full schedule can be found at NA3HL.com and all games can be watched live on Hockey TV.