MN Wilderness Routs Chill 9-1, evens playoff series
Janis Jaks, right, celebrates with teammates Saturday after scoring a goal against the Coulee Region Chill in Game 4 of the Midwest Division Semi-Finals.
The Minnesota Wilderness scored five goals in the third period to cap off a dominating night at Green Island Ice Arena, beating the Coulee Region Chill 9-1 to even the best-of-five North American Hockey League playoff series at 2-2.
Game 5 of the Midwest Division Semi-Finals is Monday night in Cloquet, Minnesota. The Chill won the first two games of the series at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.
Saturday night however has left a sour taste for Chill fans. Minnesota chased Adam Carlson after he gave up six goals in 50 minutes of work. Jimmy Thomas surrendered three goals in relief in the closing minutes.
Minnesota had the advantage in shots on goal as well, 43-25. Dawson DiPietro scored the lone goal for the Chill halfway through the final period.
He said after the game the team remains surprising confident following the blowout loss.
"The last three games we've been up there we've won all three," he said. "We like playing on that surface and after the two losses the boys are going to regroup and we are going to try and do the same thing the last three games up there."
Minnesota plays on an Olympic-sized sheet of ice, something the Chill have said works to there advantage with their ability to manufacture goals in open space.
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