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Wilderness/Blizzard Game 1 Recap

The Minnesota Wilderness take home Game 1 of this Central Division Semi-Final with a 6-3 win over the Brookings Blizzard. Brookings opened the game with a goal at 5:21 of the first, off the stick of Nicholas Cardelli, with help from Christian Canavati. The lead, however, was short lived at Jesse Farabee scored at 6:08 to tie the game at one after a pass from Louis Roehl and Zach Mills. Mills then struck one of his own at 8:36, with help from Farabee and Michael Zuffante, to but Minnesota up 2-1. Tim Nicksic extended Minnesota’s lead at 16:50 after a pass from Luke Dow, to make the score 3-1 Minnesota after one period of play. Tim Faulkner opened the second period at 3:40 after a pass from Cardelli and Connor Koviak to slash the lead in half. The Wilderness retaliated with a pair of goals from Gunnar Goodmanson to put them up 5-2 after two. The first goal came at 13:55 of the second, assisted by Nick Altmann. Goodmanson struck again at 19:36 of the second, with help from Altmann and Luke Dow. Chase Brand scored the last Blizzard goal at 6:14 of the third period, with help from Derek Hammer and Cade Borchardt. Nicksic scored his second of the night at 7:09, off a pass from Pavel Mikhasenok and Tyler Vold, resulting in a 6-3 final score. Minnesota’s Luke Kania made 45 stops on the night, while Josh Boyko made 42 saves for Brookings. The Minnesota Wilderness leads the series 1-0 for the Central Division Semi-Finals.