Wilderness Complete Comeback; Move on in Robertson Cup Playoffs

In the Wilderness, there are many animals who gain superb survival instincts, where they absolutely fight tooth and nail and refuse to die.  Some of them are even believed to have nine lives.  In the world of junior hockey, consider the Minnesota Wilderness a very aptly named team.   During the 2021-22 regular season, the team […]

Short-handed Goals & Goaltending Push Wilderness to Even Playoff Series

After surrendering four power-play goals to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the first two games of their Midwest Division semi-final playoff series, the Minnesota Wilderness have turned the tables.  Since the playoff series switched to Cloquet, the Wilderness have turned the Ice Dog power play into its own advantage, and scored three short-handed goals, including […]

Wilderness Keep Season Alive with Game 4 Win

A common phrase in sports is “Good play creates good bounces”.  The Minnesota Wilderness took advantage of that philosophy Friday night with its first two goals off lucky bounces, and carried that momentum for a 4-1 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in Game 3 of their best-of-five Midwest Division semi-final series. The Wilderness began […]

Daikawa Headed to UW-Stout

Minnesota Wilderness forward Kullan Daikawa this week announced he plans to play his collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.   The native of Lino Lakes, MN, is in his 2nd season of junior hockey.  In the 2021-22 regular season, he played 19 games with the Wilderness, recording 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points. […]

Wilderness Face Uphill Battle in First Round Series

Who:  Minnesota Wilderness vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs When: Friday, April 29, 7:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 30, 7:15 p.m. CDT (if necessary), and Sunday, May 1, 5:30 p.m.  CDT (if necessary)    Where:  Northwoods Credit Union Arena, Cloquet, MN  The lead:  The Wilderness return home facing playoff elimination. Media:  All games can be seen on Hockeytv.com. […]

Backs to the Wall for Wilderness after Game 2 Blowout Loss

The Minnesota Wilderness stumbled on the penalty kill in the first period and never recovered as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs rolled to a 7-1 win Saturday night.   Fairbanks was perfect on the power play in the opening 20 minutes, as Kevin Marx Noren, Tristan Sarsland and Jake Hale each found the back of the net. […]

OT Thriller Sees Wilderness Fall in Playoff Opener

In their history of playoff games, the Minnesota Wilderness and Fairbanks Ice Dogs have played several that could be considered classics.  Add Friday night’s game to that list. Minnesota came within 27 seconds of victory before Fairbanks scored an extra attacker goal to tie and then a short-handed tally in overtime to win Game 1 […]

Wilderness Look to Cage Ice Dogs in First Round Series

Who:  Minnesota Wilderness vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs When: Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. AKDT, Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. AKDT, and (if necessary) Sunday, April 24, 5:00 p.m.  AKDT    Where:  Big Dipper Ice Arena, Fairbanks, AK  The lead:  The 4-seed Wilderness and top-seed Fairbanks open their Midwest Division Semi-final series this weekend. Media:  All games […]

Neill to Show off Hockey Skills at Lindenwood

The state of Missouri likes to call itself the show-me state.  It represents an attitude that it values actions over words, and you could say Minnesota Wilderness forward Max Neill could fit right in.  He’ll have a chance to prove it, as Neill this week announced he will play his college hockey for Missouri’s lone […]

Wilderness/Ice Dogs Set First Round Playoff Schedule

The #4-seed Minnesota Wilderness and top-seed Fairbanks Ice Dogs are scheduled to begin their first round NAHL Robertson Cup playoff series this weekend.  The first weekend in the best 3-out-of-5 series will be held at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks, AK.  The second weekend is scheduled for Cloquet, although there is a scenario where […]