CLOQUET, MINNESOTA – FEBRUARY 6th, 2017- The Minnesota Wilderness swept division-leading Minot this past weekend at Northwoods Credit Union Arena and inched closer to home ice advantage for the playoffs, as well as the regular season division title.
The Wilderness, winners of 5 straight, are now only 6 points behind Minot for the division lead with one game in hand. Winners of the Robertson Cup back in 2015, the Wilderness have inched closer to Minot in search of the franchise’s first ever regular season division championship.
Friday night, in front of 1,903 passionate fans, the Wilderness beat Minot by a score of 4-3. Duluth East alumni Luke Dow opened the scoring for the Wilderness, and newly acquired defenseman Colton Berg scored the game winning goal on the power play late in the 2nd period. Goaltender Trevor Micucci had 30 saves to earn the victory.
Saturday night, in a tight checking playoff atmosphere, the Wilderness hung on to beat Minot by a score of 2-1. Again, Duluth East alumni Luke Dow came through with a big goal to put the Wilderness up 2-0 early in the 3rd period. That goal proved to be the game winner as the Wilderness held off a hard push from Minot at the end. Veteran defenseman Tyler Vold scored the 1st goal of the game for the Wilderness, and added an assist, while Timmy Nicksic had 2 assists and logged some crucial minutes at the end of regulation to help secure the win.
“We have a lot of players that are starting to elevate their game here down the stretch. Our players have been playing a selfless, team game, and they are getting rewarded for that with winning hockey games. Our players are focusing on getting better and better each day so we are playing our best hockey come playoff time.”
This weekend’s sweep ensured the Wilderness four players plus Head Coach Tim Madsen as the Assistant Coach to the Central Division Team for the NAHL Top Prospect Tournament. This will be held at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan February 27th-28th. More information, including which players are going, will be announced later this week.