The Brooks Bandits (AJHL) rallied from a two-tally deficit to edge the Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) 5-4 in semifinal No. 1 Saturday at the Royal Bank Cup Canadian national junior A championship in Summerside, P.E.I.
With a 1-3 record in the round robin portion of the Royal Bank Cup, the Minnesota Wilderness ended up in fourth spot and will meet the Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Brooks Bandits in a contest that goes at 2 p.m. AT Saturday.
ne day away from their opening game at the Royal Bank Cup Canadian national junior A hockey championship in Summerside, P.E.I., the Minnesota Wilderness will look to build on earlier successes that helped get them there as they go in search of yet another title.
Bagging groceries at Super One and handing out flyers at Walmart last fall gave Minnesota Wilderness players a way of connecting with folks in Cloquet. Now the team is no longer unknown in Northeastern Minnesota, thanks to a record-setting season.
The Minnesota Wilderness (2-1) earned a spot directly to Saturday’s title game after earning the first place tiebreaker over St. Michael’s by winning the head-to-head match-up against the two sides, earlier in a day, by a 3-0 score.
You could say the downtrodden team that left the ice Saturday was not the same Minnesota Wilderness team that was dog-piling into a gleeful team photo two days later, after Monday’s close-out league championship series victory.
The Cloquet entry into the Superior International Junior Hockey League finals won their home game Wednesday night to give them a 2-1 lead in the series against the Fort Frances (Ontario) Lakers. If the Wilderness win Friday's game in Fort Frances, the Saturday night game in Cloquet could be for the title.
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