Wilderness Win Game 1 In Janesville

The Minnesota Wilderness won their seveth straight playoff game on Friday as they went into Janesville and captured Game 1 by a score of 2-1.  Former Jets goalie and current Wilderness netminder Brock Kautz played well in the win, stopping 17 of 18 shots that came his way to move the Wilderness to within one win of the Robertson Cup Finals.  The Wildereness outshot the Jets in each of the three periods and 30-18 for the game.  Minnesota was bolstered by a fast start, which seemed to catch the Jets off guard.  Less than a minute into the contest, it was the playoffs leading scorer, Darian Romanko, who lit the lamp to give the Wilderness a 1-0 leadas he scored from the low slot with a shot low to the blocker side of Janesville goal Matt Jurusik.  The eventual game-winner came just three minutes later as Bradley Johnson's shot eluded Jurusik for a 2-0 lead.  Tyler Hart would assist on both goals.  The Jets pulled to within one just :28 seconds into the second period as Zach LaValle scored his third goal of the playoffs.  However, that would be all that Kautz and the Wilderness would allow as they gave up just 10 shots on goal in the final two periods.  Jurusik ended with 28 saves on the night.  Game 2 is Saturday night in Janesville.