First Trip to Alaska Since 2016 Begins in Anchorage

Who:  Minnesota Wilderness vs. Anchorage Wolverines

When:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m. AK time 

Where:  Ben Boeke Ice Arena, Anchorage, AK

The lead:  The Wilderness trek North for trio of games in Anchorage.

Records:  Wilderness:  25-20-1; Anchorage: 24-15-6

NAHL Midwest Division standings:

Team Points Games played
1 Fairbanks  65 50
2 Springfield 63 48
3 Janesville 55 47
4 Anchorage 54 45
5 MN Wilderness 51 46
6 MN Magicians 49 47
7 Chippewa 41 47
8 Kenai River 29 49

Last weekend:  The Wilderness went 2-1 in 3-games played at the MN Magicians and Springfield. Minnesota opened with a Thursday win in Richfield over the Magicians, 3-2, and followed that with a split of a pair vs. the Jr. Blues, winning 4-3 Friday, and losing 9-3 Saturday.

Anchorage split a weekend home series with Fairbanks.  The Ice Dogs won Friday’s game in a shootout, 4-3, while the Wolverines took Saturday’s game, 2-0.    

Jammin’ Jared:   Forward Jared Mangan has been on a monster pace since joining the Wilderness.  In his six games with the green, the Charleston, SC, native has posted 9 points, with 2 goals and 7 assists.  Five of those points came in last weekend’s 3-game road swing, where he notched 1 goal and 4 assists.  

Homecoming for Conn:  This weekend will mark a return home for defenseman Reid Conn.  The 18-year-old is a native of Anchorage, who later moved to Centennial, CO, where his family now calls home.  Through 42 games, the rookie has recorded 4 goals and 5 assists.

Power play poppin’:  The Wilderness have begun to build some consistency on their power play.  The team has scored a goal with the man-advantage in each of its last four games, going 5 for 12.  What makes this even more impressive is the fact the team has accomplished this without top power-play scorer Will Persson in the lineup.  Persson’s performance with the extra man includes a team leading 8 goals and 16 points, and has missed the last 4 games due to injury.

Anchorage notes: The Wolverines come into this weekend on a 4-game streak without a regulation loss.  A big reason for that 3-0-1 run is Aiden Westin. The 4-year Jr. hockey veteran has registered at least 1 point in each of the last 4 games, scoring 2 goals and adding 5 assists for 7 points.  Those totals include 2 assists in the team’s 2-0 win over Fairbanks last Saturday.  Westin is a native of Anchorage, and is slated to play his collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.