WILDERNESS FACE AUSTIN AT HOME ON FRIDAY; PAIR OF WILDERNESS DEFENSEMEN COMMIT TO DIVISON I SCHOOLS

CLOQUET, MNNOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 – The Minnesota Wilderness, return to Northwoods Credit Union tonight to faceoff against the Austin Bruins. The game is part of a home and home series where the Wilderness will travel down to Riverside Arena to reciprocate the home game with Austin on Saturday. The Wilderness are 7-8-3 for a total of 17 points, and are facing an Austin team that is 7-6-4 for a total of 18 points.

Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about our upcoming games, “Austin is a good team. I expect the weekend to be very competitive. We had a great attitude this week in practice, and got better each day. We will be ready to this weekend.”

LAST WEEK…

Friday, November 10: Wilderness 2, Minnesota Magicians 1
Shots: Wilderness 34, Magicians 29
PP: Wilderness  0-for-4, Magicians 0-for-2

In the I-35 battle of Minnesota, the Wilderness scored two late 3rd period goals to pick up a 2-1 road win in Richfield against the Magicians. The Wilderness were able to tie the game with just over three minutes remaining in the game as Luke Dow evened the score. With just 1:22 remaining in regulation, Nikolai Lyssogor’s 1st goal of the season from the point proved to be the game-winner for the Wilderness. Trevor Micucci made 28 saves in the win.

Saturday, November 11: Wilderness 1, Minnesota Magicians 4
Shots: Wilderness 36, Magicians 33
PP: Wilderness  0-for-2, Magicians 0-for-2

The Wilderness gave up 3 goals in a matter of over 2 and a half minutes at the end of the 2nd period to go into the locker room trailing 3-0. They had a strong pushback in the 3rd to try to rally back. Ben Ward scored the lone goal for the Wilderness letting a wrist shot go in the slot putting the puck in the top left corner of the net. But the comeback was stopped when the Magicians scored an empty net goal with 52 seconds remaining in the game. Both Trevor Micucci & Ryan Fanti saw action in the game and stopped 29 of 32 shots together.

This Weekend’s Games

Friday, November 17 vs. Austin Bruins – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 at Austin Bruins – 7:05 p.m.

Friday’s game is sponsored by local restaurant The Buffalo House.

Discounted tickets for tonight’s game are available at these ticket outlet sponsors: B&B Market and Super 1 Liquor(both in Cloquet, MN). Doors open at 5:00pm and puck drop is at 7:05 both nights.

WILDERNESS CAPTAIN ERIC GOTZ COMMITS TO MIAMI OF OHIO:

Wilderness Captain Eric Gotz has committed to play his division one college hockey at Miami of Ohio that plays in the NCHC. Gotz, from Hermantown, MN is in his second season of playing for the Wilderness. Last year, he tallied 1 goal & 13 assisted in 67 games which include regular season, and playoffs. So far this year he is tied for 1st in the league for scoring defenseman with 3 goals and 13 assists in just 18 games.

“I want to thank the Wilderness organization for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level; coaches Madsen, Benedict, and Colvard for pushing me each day to be a little better than the last; the community of Cloquet for supporting Wilderness hockey and, most importantly, my teammates for hours spent on the ice, miles on the bus, and memories made. I am blessed and look forward to the opportunity to play for the RedHawks and further my education at Miami University,” stated Gotz.

Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about Gotz’s recent commitment: “Our entire organization is proud of Eric. His work ethic, demeanor, and hockey IQ are second to none in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Miami is getting a special young man that will represent their program well.

WILDERNESS TENDER GARRETT DALY COMMITS TO BOWLING GREEN:

Wilderness Tender Garrett Daly has committed to play his division one college hockey at Bowling Green of the WCHA. Daly, currently a defenseman for Lakeville North HS, will play his high school hockey season, then join the Wilderness for the tail end of the regular season, and the playoffs.

“I am honored to be a part of the Bowling Green Program. They have a great hockey program led by tremendous coaches. The University has great academics and 18 division one athletic programs, with hockey being a major part of the campus environment.

Once the high school season is over, I look forward to my continued development with the MN Wilderness in the competitive NAHL. I hope to help the team after my high school season in their quest for another Robertson Cup. I have been impressed with the coaching staff and the relationship we have built.”

Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about Daly’s recent commitment: “Our staff is very proud of Garrett and his recent commitment to Bowling Green. We value Garrett’s ability as a hockey player, and the relationship our staff has with him. His demeanor and character are what sets him apart from a lot of prospects. He is the type of person we want in this organization. We look forward to him joining us after a great season for Lakeville North.”