The Ice Dogs got on the board quickly in the first period, scoring a little over a minute and a half in. The team managed to get a second goal late in the first, giving them a 2-0 edge over the Wild going into the second period.
The Wild answered quickly in the second period, scoring two goals in less than a minute, while the Ice Dogs added a third late in the period.
The third period didn’t start well for the Wild, with the Ice Dogs getting two more goals within the first five minutes of play, making it 5-2. It didn’t look good for the Wild as the clock ticked down.
Then the Ice Dogs took a couple of late in the period penalties, and the Wild seized the opportunity. The Wild scored four goals on the opposing team in less than three minutes, taking the game 6-5.
Goals were scored by Alex Garland with two, and singles by Zack Wamboldt, Ethan Janes, Theron Lane, and Justin Taylor.
The Wild played the second game of their series in Barrington on Saturday night, losing 5-2.
The home game is tentatively set for Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. For the latest information and more photos of the game, check out our website at www.theadvance.ca
The Wild held their annual awards ceremony on Feb. 4 as well. The Sean McTiernan Most Valuable Player was awarded to Theron Lane. The award is in memory of McTiernan, former manager of Sobeys who supported the team from its restart, who passed away in January at the age of 32.
Anthony Skerry was awarded Most Dedicated Player at the ceremonies. Since this is the goalie’s last year with the team, the award will bear his name in the future. This is Skerry’s second year with the team.
Local Player and Captain Zack Womboldt receives Best Offensives player award.
Other recipients were:
Justin Taylor- Rookie of the Year
Greg Perry - Unsung Hero
Alex Garland- Sportsmanship
Nick Bent - Best Defencive Player
Nick Mercer - Fan Choice
This year, the Wild have been raising money for various groups and organizations throughout the county. Since they started in October, they have raised $500 for the Liverpool Fire Department, $170 for the South Queens Junior High Breakfast Program, $100 for Breast Cancer, $100 in product for the Food Bank, $935 for the local Jump Start Program, $500 for Crime Stoppers and $553 for Liverpool Regional High School TADD program.
On Friday, the Wild added another $300 to that total, which went to the Liverpool Privacheer Competition Team, pushing their total to just over $3,100 for the season.