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Wilderness Sweep Game's 3 & 4 and Advance to 2nd Round

Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 3: Janesville 1 @ MN Wilderness 2 (2OT) (MN Wilderness lead best of 5 series, 2-1) – Isak Bergland 13:28 into the 2nd overtime to give the Minnesota Wilderness a 2-1 win and put them to within one game of moving onto the Midwest Division Finals. The game was tight throughout, but it was the Jets who grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the 1st period as Adam Winborg scored with assists to Adrian Holesinsky and Taylor Fernandez. The Wilderness tied the game at 1-1 in the 2nd period with a goal from Alex Toscano. The Wilderness outshot the Jets 43-24 in the game, but both goalies held strong through the 1st overtime. Late in the 2nd overtime a break up the ice by Jack Forbort got the puck to Bergland, who slipped a shot over the shoulder of Jack LaFontaine while he was falling to the ice for the game-winner. Luke Kania made 23 saves in the win, while LaFontaine made 41 saves in the loss.

 

Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 4: Janesville 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 (OT) (MN Wilderness win series, 3-1) – The two teams needed another overtime for a second night in a row and it was the defending champion Wilderness again who would end up the winners, as they advanced to the Midwest Finals for a rematch against Fairbanks thanks to a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night. The Jets had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 thanks to goals from Adrian Holesinsky and Peter Bates, but each time the Jets scored, the Wilderness had an answer as Ryan Bloom scored to tie the game at 1-1 and Aaron Miller scored to tie the game at 2-2. With less than seven minutes remaining in the first overtime, Bloom took a pass entering the zone, cut sharply to the middle and wristed a shot past Janesville goalie Jack LaFontaine, who was screened on the goal for the game and series winner. Luke Kania made 23 saves in the win, while LaFontaine made 28 saves in the loss.

 

Credit: NAHL Media