On Monday the Wilderness traveled to Brookings in preparations of playing the Blizzard in a New Years Eve showdown. Tuesday night the Wilderness started; Jesse Kessler, Alex Fredberg, Johno May, Darian Romanko, Jakob Romo and Frank Oplinger in net. In the first period, Brookings answered first with a goal by Conrad Sampair (12:05). The Wilderness answered back when Ivan Chukarov scored on a power play (13:19) with assists by Erik Brenk and Thomas Lindstrom. Darian Romanko scored in the second period (7:49) on a power play assisted by Jack Forbort and Jesse Kessler. Closing out the period, Brookings goal coming from Joe Nathe (17:07). Tied at 2 going into the third period, Brookings scored the go-ahead goal by Evan Hesse (1:31). Wilderness lose a tough game 3-2 on the road.
The Wilderness will host the Magicians at Northwoods Credit Union Arena on Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7:05, and will feature Hockey Happy Hour from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M.