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Junior hockey: Wilderness resurgence continues

Max Neill had a hat trick as Minnesota extended its win streak to five games.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — Max Neill paced the Minnesota Wilderness offense on Friday, notching a hat trick as his team dumped the Chippewa Steel 5-1 for their fifth consecutive win.

Neill opened the scoring at 8:59 of the first, and though his goal was negated just nine seconds later, there was no reply for Neill's other two goals in the second period. He also assisted Nicholas Rexine on the Wilderness's other tally as they took a 4-1 lead after two periods.

Aaron Pionk added a third-period empty-netter, while goaltender Konrad Kausch made 28 saves for the Wilderness (20-18-1).

The teams meet again Saturday in Cloquet.

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