Wilderness arrive in Last Frontier for NAHL playoffs against Fairbanks

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The Minnesota Wilderness will make their return to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Roberson Cup Playoffs for the second straight season this Friday. Skating out of the Northland and into the Last Frontier, they hosted practice Thursday in preparation for the top-seeded Fairbanks Ice Dogs

"They’ve scored more goals than anyone else in our division, so they’re a very good offensive team," Wilderness General Manager Dave Boitz explained. "We played them five times. We lost the first three and won the last two, all really good games that anybody could have won so we’re expecting a really tough weekend."

The Ice Dogs and Wilderness last met in February with Minnesota earning the 7-5 win at home in Cloquet.

The best-of-five division semifinals series will start in Fairbanks, Alaska. Puck drop for game one on Friday is set for 10:30pm Central Time.