Blizzard sweep Wilderness


CLOQUET, Minn. – The Blizzard twice beat the MN Wilderness in NAHL Central Division action at Northwoods Credit Union Arena, winning 2-1 on Saturday after posting a 5-4 overtime victory Friday night.

Brookings (7-28-2-1, 17 points), which has won four of its past five games, plays host to Minot on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

The Wilderness are now 20-15-2-0 (42 points).

Saturday

 Brookings 2, MN Wilderness 1

Carter Krogman and Anthony Szurlej netted second-period goals and Jack Caruso made 25 saves to earn the win in goal.

Krogman scored on an assist from Gabe Wahl with 14:31 left in the middle period.

Szurlej lit the lamp with 12:48 to go. Brock Draeger and Sam Antenucci were credited with assists.

The Wilderness cut the deficit in half with a power-play tally with 1:21 remaining in the game. Luke Dow assisted.

Ryan Fanti stopped 26 shots in the loss.

Friday

 Brookings 5, MN Wilderness 4, OT

Owen Belisle netted the game-winning goal in overtime after Ryan Green knotted the score late in regulation.

Belisle scored 3:46 into the extra period on an assist from Cam Babiak.

Green lit the lamp with 3:47 to play in regulation. Luke Aquaro and Alex Murray assisted.

Brookings’ Sam Antenucci scored twice in the first period. Brock Draeger and Anthony Szurlej assisted on the first tally and Mark Leach and Murray were credited with helpers on the second.

The Wilderness answered with three consecutive goals as Oula Kuure found the back of the net on a power play in the first period and Jack Johnson and Isaac Kobienia added second-period tallies.

Green pulled the Blizzard even with a goal at the 12:09 mark of the second.

Luke Dow helped the home team retake the lead at 4-3 with 54 seconds to go in the period.

Blizzard starting goalie Jack Caruso made 16 saves and allowed three goals in 24:05 of game time, while George McBey stopped 22 shots and gave up one goal over the final 40:54.

The Wilderness’ Kaleb Johnson ended up with 30 saves.


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