Ozolins bags overtime winner for Wilderness

Minnesota overcame two third-period comebacks for a road win at Chippewa Steel.

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Gustav Ozolins picked a great time to have a breakthrough for the Minnesota Wilderness, scoring in overtime as his team claimed a 4-3 road win over the Chippewa Steel in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 18.

The Latvian defenseman recorded the first goal of his North American Hockey League career at 3:40 of the extra session, ensuring that the visitors would take home two points despite losing two leads in the third period.

Goals from Joe Cesario and Gunnar Thoreson had Minnesota up 2-0 late in the second period, only for Chippewa to draw within a goal just before intermission and then tie it 6:04 into the third on Kade Nielsen's 14th of the season.

Cesario scored his ninth of the year and second of the game as Minnesota jumped back in front at 8:42 only for Matthew Brille to nab a late equalizer for the hosts with 2:17 to play.

Cesario added a secondary assist on Ozolins' winner for a three-point night, his second of the season, and extended a personal point streak to five games.


Isak Posch made 38 saves to help Minnesota overcome a 41-26 disadvantage in shots on goal. The teams meet again in Chippewa Falls on Saturday, ending a seven-game road trip for Minnesota.

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