Wilderness grab shootout win to split weekend
The visitors scored a pair of goals in the third period to take the win on Friday but Minnesota's Kevin Marx Noren was the only scorer in the skills competition on Saturday.
CLOQUET — Kevin Marx Noren was the only scorer in a shootout on Saturday, March 18 as the Minnesota Wilderness topped the Chippewa Steel 2-1 to split their weekend series at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.
Oliver Stumpel put Minnesota up 1-0 with his goal late in the second period, but it was canceled out by a power play tally from Chippewa's Kade Nielsen at 6:38 of the third period.
The teams went to overtime with no goals before a shootout. Marx Noren scored in the second round, while Isak Posch went 3-for-3 in the Wilderness net.
Posch finished with 29 saves for the Wilderness (29-16-7). UMD commit Adam Gajan had 18 saves for Chippewa.
It was Chippewa's turn to be on the winning side of a 2-1 score on Friday night, March 17.
Bo Cosman's first-period goal for Minnesota held up into the third period despite Chippewa holding a 28-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes. Noah Gronlic tied it for Chippewa at 4:37 of the third period and Tomas Trunda scored the game-winner from his own rebound with 4:47 to play.
With a last-minute power play and the goaltender pulled, Minnesota peppered Gajan but he made multiple game-saving saves, including a stop while laying on his belly. Gajan finished with 21 saves.
Posch stopped 36 shots for the Wilderness.
Minnesota remains home for games vs. the Janesville Jets on Friday and Saturday.