Game Preview: Into the Wilderness

Sep 18, 2018


Location: Cloquet, Minnesota

Division: Central

All-time Record: 175-90-34

Robertson Cups: 1 (2014-15)

2017-18 Record: 33-21-6 (Lost Division Semi-Finals to 3-1 vs. Austin)

Record vs. Johnstown: 0-1-0

Head Coach: David Boitz (1st Season)

Key Returners:

  • F| Gino Lucia (57 GP, 18 G, 25 A, 43 PTS)
  • F| Luke Dow (55 GP, 10 G, 32 A, 42 PTS)
  • F| Isaac Kobienia (60 GP, 15 G, 19 A, 34 PTS)

Fun Facts:

Prior to joining the NAHL in 2013-14, the Minnesota Wilderness called the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) home. The Wilderness became the first American team to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup, a trophy awarded to the Central Canadian Junior A champion (champions of the SIJHL, Ontario Junior Hockey League and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League compete in a round robin tournament.)



In the first game of the 2018 NAHL Showcase, the Johnstown Tomahawks square off against the Minnesota Wilderness. This will be the second all-time meeting between these two clubs. Johnstown and Minnesota first met on Sept. 22, 2016 where the Tomahawks picked up the 3-0 victory.

Beginning his first season behind the bench, David Boitz returns several key players as they pursue a sixth straight post season appearance. Last season, the Wilderness were right in the thick of things in a competitive Central Division. Their record of 33-21-6 was good enough for a third-place finish.

Minnesota faced off against the Austin Bruins and fell three games to one, ending their Robertson Cup hopes in the division semi-finals.

This will be the Wilderness’ first game of the season. The rest of their Showcase schedule includes contests against Fairbanks, New Jersey and Lone Star.