The Minnesota Wilderness topped the Midwest Division champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2-1 on Friday at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five NAHL quarterfinal series.
Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Cloquet with games 3-5 set to take place in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Darian Romanko scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the third period to rally the Wilderness to victory. Romanko tied the game at 1-1 with a shorthanded goal at the 10:29 mark and tallied the game-winner on the power play at 16:01 of the third.
The Ice Dogs, who beat the Wilderness by one regular-season win for the division title, took a 1-0 lead five and a half minutes into Game 1. Fairbanks was given seven power-play chances in the game compared to the Wilderness' two, but the Ice Dogs couldn't convert on any of the advantages.
Wilderness goaltender Brock Kautz stopped 27 of 28 shots, while the Ice Dogs' Patrick Munson made 23 saves.