Anchorage Falls Short in Defensive Showdown

Dec 19, 2021

Cloquet, Minnesota | 12/17/21 | Isaac Smoldon

Anchorage was unable to secure the sweep on Sunday afternoon, losing by a score of 2-1 to the Minnesota Wilderness. There were three goaltenders with impressive performances in the contest. Shane Soderwall made 28 saves on 30 shots for Anchorage, while his counterparts Graham Burke and Konrad Kausch made 16 saves a piece in the Wilderness’s victory. Anchorage now has a break from play until their next game against the Janesville Jets on December 30th.

While there were two goals in the 1st period, they both occurred within the first 60 seconds. Collin Pederson scored an unassisted goal just 20 seconds into the frame to give the Wolverines an early 1-0 lead. Just 33 seconds later however, the Wilderness responded when Ethan Wolthers snuck one past Soderwall to tie the game. The remainder of the 1st and 2nd were scoreless, as all three goalies combined for 46 saves.

The eventual game winner was scored early in the 3rd, as Nicholas Rexine put his eighth of the year in the back of the net under two minutes into the final frame. Strong defense from the Wilderness kept Anchorage scoreless, and Minnesota beat the Wolverines for the first time this season by just one goal.

Anchorage now has an extended break until their next series begins against the Jets, in Janesville. The series will be played over the course of three games, on the 30th and 31st of December, and the 1st of January. All games begin at 5:00 PM AKST.