Game Recaps

Sunday, February 28th

Minot 1 @ MN Wilderness 4 – The Wilderness got 34 saves from goalie Kaleb Johnson as they won their second straight game and improved their record to the .500 mark thanks to a 4-1 win on Sunday over Minot. The Wilderness wasted no time getting the scoring started as Zach Michaelis scored his 3rd goal of the season less than a minute into the game. Minot would answer on the power play late in the period as Ethan Schmunk would score his 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-1. The difference in the game was the 2nd period as the Wilderness got three goals from Josh Phillips, Dane Stoyanoff, and Ethan Wolthers to bring home the 4-1 win. Keenan Rancier took the loss in goal, making 29 saves.

Saturday, February 27th

Minot 4 @ MN Wilderness 5 – The Minnesota Wilderness jumped into the playoff picture with a 5-4 win over the Minot Minotauros. Gavin Rasmussen, Zach Michaelis and Mikol Sartor all had a goal and an assist for the Wilderness to lead the offense. Grant Docter and Donte Lawson each got themselves on the scoresheet with goals of their own. Tyler Kostelecky potted a pair of goals for Minot in the loss. Ethan Schmunk and Jay Buchholz also found the back of the net for the Minotauros. Jacob Zacharewicz picked up the win in between the pipes as he made 22 saves. Keenan Rancier was the losing goalie despite making 31 saves.

Tuesday, February 23rd

MN Wilderness 4 @ Kenai River 5 – Kenai River defenseman Adam Szubert had a goal and two assists to lead the Brown Bears to a 5-4 win over the Wilderness on Tuesday. The Brown Bears opened up a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd period thanks to goals from Morgan Winters, Peter Morgan, and Brandon Lajoie. The Wilderness cut the lead down to 3-1 with a goal from defenseman Bobby Metz. The Brown Bears then went back up by three goals on a goal from David Vieten. Before the 2nd period was done, the Wilderness scored again to make it 4-2 on a goal from Will Traeger. Early in the 3rd period, the Wilderness scored two quick goals from Gunnar Thoreson and Gavin Rasmussen to tie the game at 4-4. Szubert would then net the game-winner later in the period for Kenai River. Luke Pavicich made 33 saves in the win, while Jacob Zacharewicz made 32 saves in the loss.

Sunday, February 21st

Kenai River 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 (SO) – The Minnesota Wilderness picked up their third win of the weekend, as they edged the Kenai River Brown Bears in a shootout on Sunday, 3-2. The 1st period was all Brown Bears, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Morgan Winters and Brendan Hill. The Wilderness turned the tables in the 2nd period as they knotted to game at 2-2 thanks to goals from Mikol Sartor and a power play goal from Jacob Badal. After a scoreless 3rd period and overtime periods, the game would be decided in a shootout. As the last shooter of the six combined for both teams, Badal found the back of the net for the Wilderness to pick up the win and extra point. Wilderness goalie Kaleb Johnson made 32 saves in the win, while Andrew Rose was solid in the loss with 41 saves.

Saturday, February 20th

MN Wilderness 6 @ Austin 3 – Gavin Rasmussen scored twice and added an assist as the Minnesota Wilderness doubled up the Austin Bruins 6-3. Mitchell Allard registered a goal and two assists while Jacob Badal and Ethan Wolthers each had a goal and an assist. Evan Bushy also chipped in a goal for Minnesota. Reggie Millette had a goal and an assist to lead the Bruins while Connor Mylymok and John Lundy also got on the scoresheet. Jacob Zacharewicz won his third game of the year as he made 42 saves. Tyler Shea took the loss for Austin as he made 22 saves.

Friday, February 19th

Austin 2 @ MN Wilderness 4 – The Minnesota Wilderness had a strong first period and never looked back as they doubled up the Austin Bruins 4-2. Jacob Herter, Ethan Wolthers and Mikol Sartor all lit the lamp in the opening 20 minutes to give Minnesota a big cushion. Connor Mylymok and Garrett Dahm scored for Austin to bring them within one but Gavin Rasmussen iced the game with an empty net goal. Kaleb Johnson stopped 34 shots to earn the win in net. Hudson Hodges and Tyler Shea teamed up to stop 21 shots.