Millen Proud Despite Wilderness Elimination
Defending NAHL Champions Were Eliminated in the 2nd Round
There won’t be a repeat champion in the North American Hockey League. That’s because the defending Robertson Cup champs, the Minnesota Wilderness were eliminated Sunday by the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in Game 5 of the Midwest Division final.
Even though the Wilderness got an extra home game because of a scheduling quirk, it wasn’t enough for the team to advance to next week’s Robertson Cup final four in Edina, Minn.
However, the Wilderness were able to go the distance in the best-of-five series, despite losing the first two games in Fairbanks. Wilderness coach Corey Millen was proud of the way his team battled, and nearly came all the way back.
“We had a couple unfortunate bounces, I think that might have been the difference in the series, but that’s the way the game goes,” said Millen. “Their heart and the way they played was fantastic and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I never like losing, but if you’re going to lose, it was a really good series and our boys showed a lot of heart.”