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MN Wilderness survives penalties, beats Fairbanks, 5-2

Northwoods Credit Union Arena    Sat, Sep 28, 2013

The MN Wilderness Wilderness, which found themselves down a man often, weathered the Fairbanks Ice Dogs' power play opportunities and emerged with a 5-2 victory.

MN Wilderness was led by Richard Buri, who finished with one goal. Buri scored 6:31 into the second period to make the score 3-1 MN Wilderness. Tyler Hart assisted on the tally.

The Wilderness were often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and two majors for 46 minutes in penalty time. MN Wilderness surpassed its season average of 18.0 penalty minutes per game. The Wilderness put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Fairbanks to score on any of its six power plays. MN Wilderness bested its season scoring average. The Wilderness have scored at the pace of 2.7 goals per game during the current campaign. MN Wilderness relied heavily on its defensemen to assist its forwards, and the blueliners responded by scoring two goals on 12 shots.

MN Wilderness also got points from Terry Leibo, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for MN Wilderness included John May, who had one and Billy Exell, who had two. More assists for MN Wilderness came via Alex Fredberg, Brett Heikkila, Jakob Romo, and Thomas Lindstrom, who contributed one a piece and Colton Kramer and Darian Romanko, who each chipped in two.

The the Ice Dogs penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled 11 minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 24.0 minutes per game Fairbanks had been spending in the box. The Ice Dogs' defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. Fairbanks is averaging 2.1 goals against for the season. By firing 39 shots on goal, the Ice Dogs exceeded the 31.1 shots they average per game this year.

Fairbanks was helped by Jacob Hetz, who tallied one goal. Hetz scored 17:12 into the third period to make the score 4-2 MN Wilderness. Brett Gervais picked up the assist. Tayler Munson also scored for Fairbanks. In addition, Fairbanks received assists from Colton Wolter, Viktor Liljegren, and Chandler Madry, who contributed one a piece.

The Wilderness' Frank Oplinger stopped 37 shots out of the 39 that he faced. MN Wilderness registered one goal on eight power play opportunities. The Wilderness ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Fredberg was ejected from the game. Kevin Aldridge rejected 21 shots on goal for the Ice Dogs.