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Wilderness now ranked No. 3 in Canadian Junior Hockey League

The Minnesota Wilderness continue to climb in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings. Currently boasting a nine-game winning streak and sitting atop the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings with an impressive 21-3 reco...

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The Minnesota Wilderness continue to climb in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings.

Currently boasting a nine-game winning streak and sitting atop the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings with an impressive 21-3 record, the Wilderness moved up one notch from their fourth overall listing from a week ago. The Wilderness defeated the Duluth Clydesdales 5-1 Saturday at home.

Wilderness Coach Rod Aldoff credited his players' commitment as the No. 1 reason for the team's continued rise in the rankings.

"We have 20 guys committed to getting better every day," Aldoff said. "They're good hockey players and highly skilled. Put commitment and desire and passion alongside that and you've got a pretty good team."

With two away games against the Dryden Ice Dogs next on the calendar, the Wilderness next local game is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, against the Duluth Clydesdales at the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth. Their next home game is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, against the Minnesota Iron Rangers at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet.

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The CJHL Top 20 is formulated each week in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting and is based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the teams belong to as well as regular season results.

Find more about the Minnesota Wilderness at www.wildernesshockey.com .

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