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Junior hockey: Wilderness stay hot, knock off Midwest Division-leading Jr. Blues

Rexine leads the away with a pair of goals while Grand Rapids’ Morque also turns in strong game.

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CLOQUET — Nicholas Rexine had two goals and an assist to lead the surging Minnesota Wilderness to a 5-2 victory over the Midwest Division-leading Springfield Jr. Blues in a North American Hockey League game Thursday, March 31, before 757 at Northwoods Arena.

The Wilderness (32-21-2, 66 points) are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games with the other being a shootout loss. Minnesota, third in the Midwest Division, has five games remaining in the regular season culminating with a home game April 16 against the Chippewa Steel.

William Persson, and Ren Morque of Grand Rapids each added a goal and an assist while goalie Mathew Smith continued his strong play, stopping 19 shots for Minnesota. Smith is now 11-1 for the Wilderness this season with a 1.86 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

Zach Bade and Hayden Riva scored goals, with Mac Gadowsky assisting on both of them to lead the Jr. Blues (34-18-3, 71 points), who are now tied atop the Midwest Division standings with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (34-19-3, 71 points). Springfield goalie Aksel Reid stopped 26 shots.

The same teams rematch at 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Northwoods Arena.

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