Wilderness Clinch Second Place in Midwest Division

The Wilderness, who found out early Sunday morning that they would be finishing in 2nd place and playing Coulee Region in the division semi-finals, put together another good defensive performance against the Chill in a 3-1 win in Coulee Region on Sunday.  The win gave the Wilderness 84 points, the same as Fairbanks for the top spot in the Midwest, however the Wilderness had one less win, thus ending up on the short end of the tie-breaker.  After a scoreless 1st period, the Chill got on the board first with a goal from Sean Lang.  The Wilderness answered later in the period with a power play goal from Michael Covach.  In the 3rd period, Ivan Chukarov and Niklas Lehtimaki scored to give the Wilderness the cushion they needed.  Brock Kautz made 26 saves in the win, while Adam Carlson made 33 saves in the loss.  The two teams will meet on April 10 and 11 in Cloquet to start the Midwest Division semi-finals.