No. 4 Minnesota Wilderness talks facing No. 1 Oklahoma in NAHL semifinals
Upon capturing the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Midwest Division title last week the Minnesota Wilderness moved on to Blaine, holding their first practice at the Fogerty Ice Arena neutral site Thursday.
While Minnesota is the fourth seed entering the Robertson Cup semifinals, they’re feeling OK as they prepare to face the number one Oklahoma Warriors.
“They were first place in the regular season, probably our division top to bottom is a little bit stronger,” Wilderness head coach Brett Skinner said. “They’re a fast team, they’re going to play with pace, I think they’re really good in transition. We’re going to have to shut them down and slow them down through the neutral zone. We’re going to have to defend hard and hopefully we can spend a little more time in the offensive zone kind of wearing them down.”
The Warriors are home to NAHL MVP and Rookie of the Year, Grand Rapids, Minn. native, Joey Delgreco. He finished the regular season third in the league in points with 69.
Game one is Friday with puck drop set for 4:30pm.
The winner of the best-of-three series advances to the one game Robertson Cup Final Tuesday against the winner of the Maryland Black Bears and Austin Bruins semifinal. For the full tournament schedule, Click Here.