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Wilderness Welcome Jets for Weekend Series

February 22, 2024 - North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Minnesota Wilderness News Release

Who: Minnesota Wilderness vs. Janesville Jets

When: Feb. 23-24, 7:15 p.m. CST both nights

Where: Northwoods Credit Union Arena, Cloquet, MN

The lead: The Minnesota Wilderness hope to gain ground on the Janesville Jets this weekend in a home series.

Media: All of the action can be seen on

Records: Janesville - 44 games, 27-14-3, 57 points; Minnesota - 46 games, 25-17-4, 54 points

Midwest Division Standings:

Place Team Points Games Played This weekend's opponent

1 Wisconsin 66 46 2 games @ Springfield

2 Janesville 57 44 2 games @ Wilderness

3 Anchorage 54 42 2 games vs. Chippewa

3 Wilderness 54 46 2 games vs. Janesville

5 Chippewa 49 46 3 games @ Anchorage

6 Springfield 36 43 2 games vs. Wisconsin

6 Fairbanks 36 44 2 games @ Kenai River

8 Kenai River 29 45 2 games vs. Fairbanks

Last Weekend:

Janesville hosted Wisconsin for two games Feb. 16-17. The Jets were victorious in game 1, 2-1 (SO), while Wisconsin won game 2, 4-2.

The Wilderness split a two-game series in Springfield. Springfield took game 1, 4-2, while Minnesota countered with a 6-2 win in Saturday's contest.

Cancer Awareness: This weekend, the Wilderness will be wearing special purple uniforms for cancer awareness. Each jersey is for sale with net proceeds going to the St. Luke's Hospital Cancer Foundation.

Season series: This will be the final two games of the season between the Jets and Wilderness. The first four meetings were in Janesville in November, with each team winning twice. Janesville won the first two contests in Cloquet Dec. 30-31 by scores of 5-1 and 5-2.

Tale of the tape:


Janesville 176 131 21.6% 85.1% 606

Wilderness 123 124 18.8% 86.5% 584


Peyton Paydirt: Peyton Nelson's hat trick last Saturday marked only the sixth time in Wilderness history that a player scored three goals in a single road game. Prior to last weekend, the last time a Wilderness player posted a hat trick in an opponent's home building was Jan. 28, 2022, when Max Neill notched three at Chippewa. Nelson's hat trick was also the first hat trick for Minnesota dating back to when Kevin Marx Norén lit the lamp three times in a game vs. Anchorage on Oct. 2, 2022. There have now been a total of 13 hat tricks posted in Wilderness history. Those three goals Saturday were the first three of the season for the forward from Centennial, CO. Nelson finished the weekend with five points as he also recorded two assists-one Friday and another Saturday. On the season, in 11 games, Nelson has three goals and five assists for eight points.

Bluesbreaker Beau: Beau Janzig shook a monkey off his back Friday night. The defenseman from Hermantown, MN, snapped a 37-game goal drought with his third period tally. He followed that with another red-lighter Saturday night, and added two assists over the two games for a 4-point weekend. Prior to Friday night, the last time Janzig scored a goal was Sept. 29, which was also against Springfield. In 4 games vs. the Jr. Blues this season, Janzig has three goals and four assists for 7 points.

Hail Hayden: Hayden Walters broke a scoring drought last weekend. The forward from Sartell, MN, posted his first goal ever for the Wilderness. The 20-year-old is in his second stint with the Wilderness after being acquired last month from Kenai River. He first played with Minnesota during the 2021-22 season where he skated in 16 games, but did not register a point. In his 8 games since returning, Walters now has three points (1 goal/2 assists).

Jets Getting New Hangar: A new era is coming for the Janesville Jets. The team this week broke ground on a brand new arena coming to the southern Wisconsin city. Upon completion, the Woodman's Sports and Convention Center (WSCC) will include a 1500-seat arena that will be the new home to the Jets. It will replace the Janesville Arena, where the Jets have played since entering the NAHL in 2009. The WSCC will be a 130,000 square foot facility that will also have space for conventions and other athletic activities. Projected cost will be about $23 million. Completion is expected in June or July of 2025.

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