Junior hockey: Wolverines upend Wilderness in double overtime
Anchorage holds a 2-1 lead in the series, which resumes Friday in Cloquet.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — For the second time in as many series, the Minnesota Wilderness return from Alaska on the brink of elimination, this time after the Anchorage Wolverines got a double-overtime game-winner for a 4-3 victory in Game 3 of their NAHL Midwest Division Final series Sunday night.
Anchorage holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, which resumes on Friday at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet.
Colton Friesen scored the game-winner for the Wolverines at 12:54 of the fifth period from a sharp angle, shooting off the shoulder of Wilderness goaltender Konrad Kausch. The puck bounced off Kausch and hit his glove before rolling into the net for his second goal of the game.
Friesen's first goal, at 6:48 of the second period, tied the game at two after the Wilderness had pulled in front in the first minute of the period. Grand Rapids native Hunter Bischoff put Anchorage ahead late in the frame, making it 3-2 on a power play with 1:29 left.
Minnesota's Jared Mangan tied it up early in the third, scoring his second goal of the game and fourth of the postseason at 2:08.
Minnesota was forced into a goalie change due to injury after Bischoff's goal, as Matthew Smith stopped 19 shots in 38:31 before Kausch took over, making 24 saves in relief. Anchorage goalie Raythan Robbins stopped 30 shots.