Wilderness win streak snappedThe Minnesota Wilderness junior team continues to hold down the No. 2 ranking in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) rankings despite ending a 17-game SIJHL winning streak last week.
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
The Minnesota Wilderness junior team continues to hold down the No. 2 ranking in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) rankings despite ending a 17-game SIJHL winning streak last week.
The team lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Minnesota Iron Rangers on Jan. 9, but were affected in that loss by the results of their previous game – a wild 5-2 win at Thunder Bay Dec. 23.
In that game, 14 players, including eight members of the Wilderness, were ejected for fighting or major fouls in a contest that saw 231 minutes in penalties assessed.
The Wilderness (31-3-0-1 in league play) had 13 available skaters for the contest against the Iron Rangers.
The Wilderness rebounded nicely from that setback, though, winning 6-2 at Fort Frances on Jan. 11 and 8-1 in Duluth over the Clydesdales on Sunday.
Mike Dietrich (20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points), Jake Larson (27-17-44) and Jordan Shockley (15-28-43) lead the team in scoring.
A rematch against Thunder Bay was scheduled for Wednesday night at Northwoods Credit Union Arena as this edition of the Pine Journal went to press.
The Wilderness play the Dryden Ice Dogs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northwoods Arena and are again at home versus the Minnesota Iron Rangers Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a 7 p.m. start.