Wilderness Hit the Road to Try to Ground Jets

Who:  Minnesota Wilderness at Janesville Jets

When:  Nov. 12-13, 7:00 p.m. both nights

Where:  Janesville Arena, Janesville, WI

The Wilderness will travel to Janesville for the first time during the 2021-22 season.  Both teams will be coming in on winning streaks.  The Wilderness have won 3 straight, while the Jets have won their last 2.

Records:  Minnesota 11-5-1; Janesville 5-11-1

NAHL Midwest Division standings:

Team Points Games played
1 Fairbanks 25 19
1 Springfield 25 19
3 MN Wilderness 23 17
4 Anchorage 21 16
5 MN Magicians 20 17
5 Chippewa 20 20
7 Janesville 11 17
8 Kenai River 6 17

Season series:  This will be the 5th and 6th meetings of the season between the Wilderness and Jets. Minnesota won the first 4 (all played in Cloquet).  

  • 10/1:  Janesville 5, Wilderness 6
  • 10/2:  Janesville 5, Wilderness 6
  • 10/22:  Janesville 2, Wilderness 5
  • 10/23:  Janesville 3, Wilderness 6

Last weekend:  Minnesota swept the Minnesota Magicians Nov. 5-6 in a 2-game home-and-home series, winning Friday night in Cloquet, 2-1, and Saturday night in Richfield, 6-5 (OT).  

Hey first place, how YOU doin’?  The Wilderness enter the weekend flirting with the top spot in the division, sitting just 2 points back of Springfield and Fairbanks, who are currently tied for the division lead. Meanwhile, Springfield and Fairbanks play each other this weekend in Alaska.

Rockin’ Rookie Rexine:  Wilderness forward Niko Rexine (rex-EEN) continues his impressive early season pace.  The Syracuse, NY, native notched his first 3-point game of his young Jr. A career last weekend, scoring 2 goals and adding 1 assist.  He currently leads all Wilderness rookies with 6 goals and 15 points over 12 games. His 1.25 points per game average is 4th highest among all league first-year players.  

Defensemen being offensive:  Sitting atop the list of the NAHL’s goal-scoring defensemen, you will find Cole Crusberg-Roseen (KRUS-berg-roh-ZEEN).  CCR’s two goals over last weekend give him 8 on the season, and they move him into a tie for the league lead.   

The Wilderness have 4 blueliners among the top 7 scoring defensemen in the league.  Bobby Metz and Max Ruoho (ROW-ho) both sit in a tie for 2nd in points with 14, Aaron Pionk is now tied for 5th with 13, while 12 points for Crusberg-Roseen put him in a tie for 7th.  

60 minutes is not enough:  Saturday’s overtime victory marked the 3rd win of the season where the Wilderness had to play beyond regulation.  All 3 Wilderness road victories have come in either overtime or a shootout.  

About the opponent:  Janesville will get reacquainted with its home arena this weekend. The Jets have not played a game at Janesville Arena since Sept. 25.  In the 11 games they played on the road since, they went 3-8; although they did finish on a positive note.  The Jets won the last 2 in a 3-game series in Fairbanks, 4-2 and 5-3.  Jets leading scorer Cy LeClerc registered 5 points (2 goals and 3 assists) in the victories, en route to earning Midwest Division Star of the Week honors.