The Minnesota Wilderness, with a win last Friday at Northwoods Credit Union Arena, officially clinched a playoff spot in the NAHL’s Robertson Cup Playoffs. In front of a very passionate crowd of 2,022, former Duluth East standout Nick Altmann scored his 5th game-winning goal of the season to seal the victory. Saturday night, Bismarck would salvage a split with a 4-1 victory.
Head Coach, Tim Madsen: “The entire organization is very proud of our players. Making the playoff is expected around here – and they met those expectations. Now, our sole focus is on securing home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. We have a lot of work to do, and need to remain focused for the remaining four regular-season games.”
This weekend the Minnesota Wilderness host the Janesville Jets – March 31st & April 1st – for the last regular home game series of the 2016-2017 season. Friday is EMS Night: all emergency medical service employees receive free admission with some form of identification (or in uniform). Saturday night Billet Family Appreciation Night. Merchandise is 30% all weekend!
Discounted tickets for this weekend’s games are available at these ticket outlet sponsors: B&B Market, Super One Liquor, The Jack, and The Warming House (all in Cloquet, MN). Doors open at 6:00pm both nights.
Bismarck 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 – The Wilderness clasped the victory in the 3rd period over the Bismarck Bobcats. The Wilderness took the lead by one in the first period with a lone goal by Luke Dow. The Wilderness added another goal in the second period by Tristan Rostagno and the Bobcats tied the game by putting up 2 goals. Goals credited to Cooper Haar and Michael Mahan for the Bobcats. Nick Altmann had the final and winning goal late in the third period for the Wilderness. Goalie Luke Kania finished the night with 33 saves for the win. Severi Isokangas had 37 saves for Bismarck in the loss.
Bismarck 4 @ MN Wilderness 1 – Severi Isokangas totaled 37 saves for the Bismarck Bobcats win over the Wilderness as Bismark kept their playoff hopes alive. The game remained scoreless during the first period, until the Bobcats scored 3 goals in the second period. Goals credited to Mitchell Walinski and 2 for Tristan Ashbrook. Matthew Barry had the final goal for the Bobcats in the third period. The Wilderness’ lone goal was scored by Will Zmolek during the third period. Goalie Trevor Micucci of the Wilderness totaled 21 saves for the loss.