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Junior hockey: Wilderness swept to open season

Brady Welsch's power play goal early in the third period held up as a game-winner for Fairbanks.

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CLOQUET — A third-period power play goal from Brady Welsch held up as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated the Minnesota Wilderness 3-2 and swept their season-opening North American Hockey League series on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.

Cole Gordon put Minnesota (0-2) in the lead with a goal 82 seconds into the game, but the Ice Dogs scored twice to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Joe Cesario scored his second goal of the weekend, on the power play, with 24 seconds left in the second period to the tie the game.

However, the deadlock wouldn't last long into the third period, as Welsch scored 18 seconds into a power play, which proved to be the last goal of the night.

Konrad Kausch made 22 saves for the Wilderness.

Minnesota will play four games at the NAHL Showcase at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. Their first is Wednesday vs. Shreveport.

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