Junior hockey: Persson paces Wilderness to win
The Sweden native had two goals and an assist as the Wilderness beat the Minnesota Magicians.
CLOQUET — A good start and two goals from Will Persson helped the Minnesota Wilderness hold off the Minnesota Magicians 6-3 on Friday at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.
Persson, from Bjorklinge, Sweden, scored twice, including the eventual game-winner in the third period.
His first goal came 21 seconds into the second period and gave the Wilderness a 3-0 lead after Max Neill and Kullan Daikawa put the home team up 2-0 after 20 minutes.
The Richfield-based Magicians drew to within a goal before Persson doubled the lead at 10:34 of the third period. Persson then assisted Niko Rexine for a key insurance goal in the home stretch.
Max Ruoho had three assists for the Wilderness (16-18-1), and Konrad Kausch made 30 saes.
The teams meet again Saturday in Richfield.