WILDERNESS NEWS – FEB. 8, 2018 

WILDERNESS NEWS – FEB. 8, 2018
Cloquet, MN


LAST WEEK:


 Friday, February 2: Wilderness 2, Bismarck Bobcats 1 (SO)
Shots: Wilderness 25, Bobcats 30
PP: Wilderness 0-for-3, Bobcats 0-for-4


 The Minnesota Wilderness (21-17-3) were victorious in a shootout by a score of 2-1 over the Bismarck Bobcats (18-18-4) on Friday night at the VFW Sports Center. In a goaltenders duel in Bismarck, Jacob Sibell’s 29 saves were the difference in a 2-1 shootout win for the Wilderness. After a scoreless 1st period, the Wilderness took a 1-0 lead late in the 2nd period on the 7th goal of the year from defensemen Eric Gotz. Bismarck would tie the game at 1-1 late in the 3rd period with a defensive zone breakdown by the Wilderness. In the shootout, Ed Lindelow and Ben Ward would score for the Wilderness to give the road side the extra point.


 Saturday, February 3: Wilderness 2, Bismarck Bobcats 4
Shots: Wilderness 24, Bobcats 21
PP: Wilderness 0-for-4, Bobcats 1-for-3


 The Minnesota Wilderness (21-18-3) were doubled up by a score of 4-2 losing to the Bismarck Bobcats (19-18-4) on Saturday night at the VFW Sports Center.  After a scoreless 1st period, the Wilderness took a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd period on the 2nd goal of the year from forward Nate Horn. The Bobcats were able to respond with two goals of their own off point shots that found their way through traffic and ended up in the back of the net. Late in the 2nd, when the Wilderness and Bobcats were skating 4 on 4, Edward Lindelow made a great individual effort taking the puck wide and beating both the Bobcats defender and goaltender to tie the game 2-2. The Wilderness fell to the Bobcats after giving up an early goal in the 3rd, and a late power play goal losing 4-2. Goaltender Ryan Fanti had 17 saves in the loss.


 THIS WEEK:


 Friday, February 9 vs Janesville Jets – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 vs Janesville Jets – 7:05 p.m.


 The Minnesota Wilderness finish out their four-game season-series with the Janesville Jets this weekend at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena with two home games against the non-divisional opponent. The Wilderness won the previous two games this season against the Jets when they faced each other November 24th and 25th down in Janesville, WI.


 PROMOTIONS: The Wilderness will be wearing Specialty Cancer Jerseys this weekend that will be auctioned throughout the weekend. The jerseys will be purple that represents all cancer awareness and are sponsored by Community Memorial Hospital. The silent auction will take place the entire weekend upstairs across from the tiki bar. The bidding will end after the second intermission on Saturday. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the fight against cancer. 


 Friday February 9th – vs Janesville Jets @ 7:05pm
– Game Sponsored by Community Memorial Hospital
– Autograph Alley – (#2 Nikolai Lyssogor, #7 Ben Ward, #11 Luke Dow)


 Saturday February 10th – vs Janesville Jets @ 7:05pm
– Game Sponsored by Community Memorial Hospital
– Post Game Skate with the Wilderness (Please Bring your Skates and Helmet)


 Discounted tickets for this weekend’s games 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.


 Central Division Standings:
Aberdeen Wings 25-12-4, 54 points
Austin Bruins 23-12-6, 52 points
Minnesota Wilderness 21-18-3, 45 points
Minot Minotauros 18-16-6, 42 points
Bismarck Bobcats 19-18-4, 42 points
Brookings Blizzard 15-21-4, 22 points


 IN THE NEWS:


 The Wilderness have acquired two players at the trade deadline which was February 6th. The two players that they have acquired are defensemen Alex Spencer from the Shreveport Mudbugs and forward C.J. Regula from the Corpus Christi IceRays.


 Alex Spencer is a 6’4”, 215lb defensemen from Duluth, MN that spent the previous two years playing for the Shreveport Mudbugs down in Louisiana. Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about Spencer, “Alex is a two-way defenseman that we are thrilled to have acquired. He brings size, character, and a winning pedigree coming from Shreveport.”


 C.J. Regula is a 6’3” 200lb forward from West Bloomfield, MI that spent the previous two years playing in the NAHL South Division. Last year he played for the Wichita Falls Wildcats and this season he played for the Corpus Christi IceRays. Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about Regula, “C.J. was a player we have been trying to acquire for a while now. He is a heavy player;  he is responsible defensively; and he has one of the top faceoff percentages in the league. C.J. will be a very important piece for us as we look to play our best hockey down the stretch.”


Head Coach Tim Madsen had this to say about the trade deadline, “Going into the trade deadline, we targeted two players throughout the league, and we got them both. Over the last 48 hours, our team has gotten bigger, stronger, and harder to play against.”


 IN THE COMMUNITY:


 The Wilderness launched their “I Love to Read Month” campaign last Thursday for the month of February. They will be continuing to read at local schools and have offered an incentive for students to read. If they read 5 books during the month, they will receive a free ticket to a future wilderness game. So far in the month of February, the Wilderness players have already had over 70 community service hours. They were at the St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Cloquet Library, Cloquet Super 1, as well as visiting many local school.