Jan 21, 2024


The Matchup- After falling to divisional leading Minot last weekend, the St. Cloud Norsemen (17-12-2) responded by securing a series sweep with the Minnesota Wilderness (22-14-2) on Jan 19-20 in a home-and-home series by scores of 5-2 and 2-1.

A Look at the Central- St. Cloud now sits in third place with 43 points. The Norsemen are three games back from the second place Bismarck Bobcats.

Visitor Outlook- The visiting Minnesota Wilderness are in third place in the Midwest division. The Wilderness are behind the Wisconsin Windigo and the first place Janesville Jets in their respective division.

Series Review-  In game one, the Norsemen started out on fire with two first period goals. Braden Panzer (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored at the 13:17 mark of the first period. Michael Coleman (Grand Forks, N.D.) added onto that lead before intermission at 15:57. In the second frame, the Wilderness knotted things up after they received goals from Daniel Astapovich and Peteris Purmalis. St. Cloud secured the victory in the third period after they lit the lamp three times with goals from Andrew Cumming (St. Cloud, Minn.), Peyton Mithmuangneua (Aldergrove, B.C.), and Hagen Moe in a 5-2 victory.

In game two, there was no score through two periods of play. In the final frame of regulation, Hagen Moe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Tyler Dysart (Sunnyvale, Calif.) found the back of the net for the Norsemen. Peteris Purmalis got one back for the Wilderness but this wasn’t enough. St. Cloud swept the weekend with a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

Statistical Leaders- 

  • St. Cloud Norsemen- Tyler Dysart/Hagen Moe (13 goals)   
  • Minnesota Wilderness- Peteris Purmalis (16 goals)

Between the Pipes-

Game one- Max Weilandt (Northbrook, Ill.) turned aside 17 shots on 19 shots attempts. For the Wilderness, Nick Erickson made 25 saves on 28 shots.

Game two-  Weilandt made 20 saves on 21 shots. For Minnesota, Nick Erickson turned away 32 saves on 34 shot attempts.

Up Next on Schedule- The St. Cloud Norsemen will host the Bismarck Bobcats on Jan. 26-27. Puck drop for both contests will be at 7.00 P.M. (C.T.)

Dain Solberg, Media Relations Intern

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