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Junior hockey: Wilderness outguns Fairbanks in Game 5

Minnesota scored five straight goals to advance to the second round of the Robertson Cup playoffs.

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CLOQUET — Minnesota Wilderness forward Nicholas Rexine scored two goals in a 5-1 win over Fairbanks in the deciding fifth game of the first round of the NAHL Robertson Cup playoffs Sunday.

Rexine scored 15 seconds into the second period and added an empty-net goal late in the third period to ensure the Wilderness advanced with a 3-2 series victory.

Brady Welsch gave the Ice Dogs a lead when he scored at the 15:24 mark of the first period, but Gunnar Thoreson evened things at the 18:08 mark and it would be all Minnesota from that point on.

Rexine’s first goal gave the Wilderness the lead, with Barrett Hall adding a goal late in the second period and Alex Pineau adding another at the 14:19 mark of the third period.

Matthew Smith made 20 saves for the Wilderness and Kayden Hargraves made 42 for Fairbanks.

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After dropping the first two games of the series in Fairbanks, the Wilderness won three straight in Cloquet to advance to the regional finals against Anchorage.

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