Wilderness lose in Game 5 to Fairbanks

Midwest Division Finals, Game 3: Fairbanks 1 @ MN Wilderness 2 (2OT) (Fairbanks leads best of five series, 2-1) – For the third straight game in the series, the two clubs would need overtime to decide things.  Game 3 was two overtimes, but at the end of the 2nd overtime, Brett Heikkila scored to give Minnesota 2-1 win as they stayed alive in the series to force a Game 4 on Saurday in Cloquet. The Wilderness would get on the board first late in the 1st period with a unassisted goal from Alex Toscano with assists to Isak Bergland and Jack Forbort. After a scoreless 2nd period where both goalies shined, the Ice Dogs knotted the game at 1-1 early in the 3rd period as Reggie Letz got a pass in the high slot from Tyler Tomberlin and wristed home a shot past a screened Wilderness goalie Luka Kania. Both Kania and Fairbanks goalie Gavin Nieto shined the rest of what would be almost two overtimes.  The Wilderness would win the game, thanks to some sustained pressure in the Ice Dogs zone late in the 2nd overtime as a shot from the point from Alex Trapp was blocked in front of Nieto, but Heikkila was there to deposit the rebound past an outstretched Nieto. Kania made 37 saves in the win, while Nieto made 27 saves in the loss.


Midwest Division Finals, Game 4: Fairbanks 2 @ MN Wilderness 3 (Best of five series tied, 2-2) – Although it wasn’t overtime like the first three games of the series, Game 4 was decided by just a goal, which happened to be off the stick of Wilderness defenseman Alex Trapp for the game-winner as the defenseman scored his first and biggest goal of the year to help the Wilderness capture Game 4, 3-2 and force a fifth and decisive game on Sunday in Cloquet. The Wilderness got off to a fast start with two, 1st period goals from Aaron Miller and Alex Toscano. The Ice Dogs stormed back in the 2nd period with goals from Evan Somoza and Todd Burgess. The Ice Dogs had a golden chance to lead in the game, but a penalty shot from Tyler Tomberlin was denied by Wilderness goalie Luke Kania. With just 3:30 left in regulation a rush into the zone led to a pass to the point, where Trapp let go a shot that found its way past Ice Dogs goalie Gavin Nieto and into the back of the net. Kania made 18 saves in the win, while Nieto took the loss, making 14 saves. The winner of Game 5 on Sunday will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship in Edina, Minnesota.


Midwest Division Finals, Game 5: Fairbanks 5 @ MN Wilderness 2 (Fairbanks win series 3-2

Source: NAHL Media