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Wilderness face the Chill in first round of playoffs Friday, Saturday at home

Minnesota Wilderness vs. Coulee Region Chill NAHL Playoff Capsule Robertson Cup First Round - Best-of-five series Minnesota Wilderness (39-15-6, second place Midwest Division) vs. Coulee Region Chill (28-23-9, third place Midwest Division) GAME S...

Toscano takes the puck
Minnesota Wilderness' Alex Toscano takes the puck to the Coulee Region net for a scoring chance during the March 27 NAHL hockey game at Northwoods Arena. Dave Harwig/news@pinejournal.com

Minnesota Wilderness vs. Coulee Region Chill

NAHL Playoff Capsule

  • Robertson Cup First Round – Best-of-five series

  • Minnesota Wilderness (39-15-6, second place Midwest Division) vs. Coulee Region Chill (28-23-9, third place Midwest Division)

 
GAME SCHEDULE

Friday, April 10 – Coulee Region at Wilderness, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 – Coulee Region at Wilderness, 7:05 p.m.

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Friday, April 17 – Wilderness at Coulee Region, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 18 – Wilderness at Coulee Region, 7:00 p.m.*

Monday, April 20 – Coulee Region at Wilderness, 7:05 p.m.*

* if necessary

 

SEASON SUMMARY (Wilderness lead 7-1)

January 8 – Coulee Region 4 @ Wilderness 6

January 10 – Wilderness 3 @ Coulee Region 2

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January 11 – Coulee Region 3 @ Wilderness 4

February 12 – Coulee Region 3 @ Wilderness 5

March 7 – Wilderness 5 @ Coulee Region 1

March 27 – Coulee Region 4 @ Wilderness 2

March 28 – Wilderness 8 @ Coulee Region 1

March 29 – Wilderness 3 @ Coulee Region 1

 

Wilderness Notes:

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The Wilderness narrowly missed on their first-ever outright NAHL Division Championship when they lost 4-2 to the Chill at Northwoods Credit Union Arena on March 27 - the Chill’s only win in eight tries against the Wilderness this season. Minnesota settled for a first-place tie with defending Robertson Cup champion Fairbanks but earned the second playoff seed on a tie-breaker. The Wilderness are led in scoring by Darian Romanko (31/30/61), Superior’s Aaron Miller (21/39/60) and Tyler Cline (23/22/45). In goal, Ryan Anderson (24-7-2, 2.37, .890, 4 SO) has seen the lion’s share of the work, backed up capably by Brock Kautz (14-8-0, 2.33, .906, 2 SO). Minnesota won all four of the season series games played at Coulee’s Green Island Ice Arena in LaCrosse, while going 3-1-0 against the Chill at home. The Wilderness are coached by Corey Millen, who has a 76-29-15 regular season record with the team and a career NAHL regular season record of 146-67-27 in four seasons.

 

Chill Notes:

The Chill are led in scoring by Bemidji State commit Adam Lovick (Lino Lakes, Minn., 30/36/66), but his 30 goals are 10 more than anyone else on the team. Richard Zehnal (Pardubice, Czech Republic, 16/39/55) is the team’s second-leading scorer, while forward Dominik FLorian (Vlasim, Czech Republic) is the team’s third-leading point man (20/13/33). Defenseman Brogan Rafferty (4/28/32) has made a commitment to Division I Quinnipiac. The teams combined for 234 penalty minutes in last weekend’s regular-season ending series in LaCrosse, with the Wilderness’ 1,195 team penalty minutes making them the sixth-most penalized team in the league. Staying out of the penalty box is key but perhaps more so for the Chill, who allowed five Wilderness power-play goals in 14 attempts in the final two games between the teams. The Chill are coached by former University of Wisconsin center A.J. Degenhardt, who scored 39 points in four seasons with the Badgers and has a 59-51-10 overall record with the Chill.

 

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