Junior hockey: Kukkonen, Magicians hold off Wilderness in NAHL action
Magicians had a two-goal lead going into the third period before the Wilderness stormed back but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Trevor Kukkonen’s unassisted goal at 13:14 in the third period lifted the Minnesota Magicians to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wilderness in North American Hockey League action Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, before 727 at Northwoods Arena in Cloquet.
The Magicians took a 4-2 lead into the third period before the Wilderness stormed back on goals by Gunnar Thoreson at 5:42 in the period and Charlie Erickson at 10:09. Ethan Wolthers assisted on both goals while Max Ruoho also assisted on Erickson’s goal.
That’s how it would stay until Kukkonen’s heroics despite the Wilderness having a 15-6 advantage in shots for the third period and a 39-26 advantage for the game.
Michael Bashaw had 35 saves for the Magicians and Sam Livecchi had 21 for the Wilderness.
The Wilderness take Thursday off to enjoy Thanksgiving but then will be back in action this weekend with a two-game series against the Chippewa Steel. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at Chippewa Area Ice Arena in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, while Game 2 is 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Northwoods Arena.