Wilderness win at home and away over the weekend
The Minnesota Wilderness got off to a slow start during Friday night’s home game against Coulee Region Chill, but still managed to pull off a win by the end of the night.
The Chill grabbed the opportunity to score in the first minute of the game when one of their players, Larry Jungwirth, lost his footing and slid into Wilderness goaltender Chase Munroe and knocked him off of his feet.
Another goal followed at 7:54 for the Chill.
Wilderness newbie Adam Kresl got the team on the boards and scored his first goal with the team at 16:29.
The second period saw a flurry of activity as the Wilderness scored three more goals, two of them power-play goals.
Scoring first at 5:53 was Brian Hurley during a power play, followed by another at 15:50 when Casey Gilling tied the game up.
“I don’t feel we were ready to play, but we did find a way to win,” said Wilderness coach Corey Millen. “It was good to see our power play have some success also.”
Ashton Calder of the Wilderness rounded off the second period with a third goal in the last five minutes.
Both Kyle Patava and Ryan Bloom of the Wilderness capitalized on power plays during the third period. A minute after Bloom’s goal, the Chill slipped one more puck past Munroe, ending the game 6-4 in favor of the Wilderness.
The Wilderness incurred five penalties for the night for a total of 10 minutes, and Coulee Region had nine penalties, including a double minor for four minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct in the third period, with a game total of 26 minutes of penalties.
The Wilderness went to Richfield Saturday to play the Magicians and scored another win.
The Wilderness had a solid three-goal lead before the Magicians finally got on the board with their only goal of the night in the second period.
Hurley and Calder both scored during the first, Bloom in the second and Janis Jaks got the lone goal in the third period against the Magicians, ending the game 4-1 with shots on net 42-12.
The Wilderness play away at Coulee Region for the next three games, finally coming back home to play the Chill again Feb. 26.