Wilderness Set to Defend Title
NAHL Hasn't Had Repeat Champ Since 2009
After a long regular season the Minnesota Wilderness can finally focus on defending their North American Hockey League Robertson Cup championship. The Cloquet-based club starts the playoffs this weekend on the road against the Janesville Jets.
The Wilderness won ten straight playoff games to lift the Robertson Cup last spring. However, no defending champ has won back to back titles since the St. Louis Bandits won three in row from 2007 to 2009.
Defenseman Alex Trapp was part of last year’s title team. The former East Greyhound says the Wilderness know repeating as champs won’t be easy.
“It’s going to be even tougher than last year,” said Trapp. “You couldn’t have scripted last year any more perfect. Every team is better, our division got harder. The stakes are higher this year and I expect every game to be an absolute war out there.”
Games one and two are set for Friday and Saturday in Janesville. Game three and, if necessary, game four Will be next weekend in Cloquet.