Wilderness tie playoff series to force a game 5

Published: Apr. 30, 2022 at 10:56 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - The Minnesota Wilderness performed under pressure Friday night in a must-win game 3 in the NAHL Robertson Cup playoffs against the Ice Dogs, and Saturday night’s test would be no different.

In a best-of-5 series, the Wilderness sought a do-or-die game 4 back on home ice to even out the series to force a coveted game 5.

After the first frame, it remained scoreless. The second period was a different story until Ethan Wolthers put away the game’s first goal of the night in back-to-back games.

The third period welcomed two more goals courtesy of Calvin Knight and Gunnar Thoreson putting the Wilderness up, 3-0.

The Ice Dogs attempted several times to crack the code of goaltender, Matthew Smith, but he stood on his head all night long earning the shutout win, 3-0 the final.

Minnesota and Fairbanks each hold two wins apiece after Saturday night’s win, therefore a game 5 will take place back on Wilderness ice Sunday at 5:30 pm.

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