The New Hampshire Fighting Spirit swept the Maine Wild this weekend and are primed for the playoff push. Saturday night saw the Spirit walk into Biddeford, Maine and take care of the Wild by a score of 7-2. Goalie Claes Endre was strong all night and made many key saves to allow the Spirit to increase the lead. Moultonborough native Tim Casey led the way scoring twice for the Spirit, one on a perfectly placed shot on a breakaway. Newcomer Nick Bartholomew had a solid game and netted a short handed goal that energized the Spirit to push for more.
Sunday's contest proved to be much closer and a good preview of the first round of the playoffs. The Spirit were able to squeak out a 4-3 victory after beating the Wild in a shootout. The Spirit got goals from 3 different players during regulation. Tyler Burton, Mike Heffernan and Frederic Pugin did the scoring. Forward Brett Bittner got the Spirit on the board first in the shootout while captain Alex Peddle sealed the deal beating the Wild goalie for the 2-0 win in the shootout rounds.
The Spirit will face the Wild again on Wednesday in their first game of the playoffs. It will be a best of three series in which the Spirit will host all three games if needed. Wednesday's game will be a 3 p.m. start at the Laconia Ice Arena.
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