Junior hockey: Wilderness ousted from NAHL playoffs by Anchorage

The Minnesota Wilderness were unable to force a Game 5 of their best-of-five series, falling 5-1 on Friday to the Wolverines.

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CLOQUET — The Minnesota Wilderness 2021-22 season came to an end Friday via a 5-1 loss to the Anchorage Wolverines at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Game 4 of a best-of-five second-round NAHL playoff series.

The Wilderness, who dropped the series 3-1, fell behind 2-0 in the first period, giving up goals to Anchorage's Jackson Reineke and Colton Friesen within two minutes of each other.

William Persson scored the lone goal for the Wilderness 54 seconds into the third period to cut the Wolverines' lead to a single goal, however, goals by Andy Ramsey and Bohdan Panasenko — his first of two, including an empty netter with 5:12 to go — later in the third clinched the game and series for Anchorage.

Wolverines goaltender Raythan Robbins made 39 saves on 40 shots while Konrad Kausch stopped 19 total shots. Minnesota outshot Anchorage 28-14 over the final two periods.

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