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Junior hockey: Wilderness call off playoff clinch

Minnesota needs one win or a Janesville loss next weekend to clinch a playoff spot.

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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Playing to extend their season, the Janesville Jets knocked off the Minnesota Wilderness 6-3 on Saturday, April 9 in North American Hockey League play.

The Jets' Cade Destefani scored just 53 seconds into the game, and the hosts took a 2-0 lead after one period and 5-1 by the midway point of the game. William Gustavsson notched a pair of goals in the second period.

The result marked the Wilderness' first regulation loss in 10 games dating back to March 11.

Gunnar Thoreson finished with a goal and assist for Minnesota (34-22-2), which can still clinch a top-four finish in the NAHL Midwest Division and a playoff berth with a win in one of two games next weekend or a Janesville loss. Konrad Kausch made 27 saves in goal for the Wilderness.

Minnesota opens a season-ending home-and-home with the Chippewa Steel on Friday in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, while the Jets will need to beat playoff-bound Springfield twice.

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