One of the most significant upsets in Minnesota Wilderness history came in the 2014–2015 season. The team was entering its second season in the HL, and expectations were high. However, they faced a tough opponent in the divisional playoffs, the Austin Bruins. The Bruins were the defending division champions and were favored to win the series against the Wilderness.
But the wilderness had other plans. Led by their captain, forward Aaron Miller, the Wilderness pulled off a stunning upset, defeating the Bruins in four games and advancing to the division finals. This win not only established the Wilderness as a strong contender in the league, but it also gave them the confidence and momentum to go on and win the division finals, securing a spot in the Robertson Cup playoffs.
In the 2015–2016 season, the Wilderness had another historic upset in the playoffs. This time, they were up against the Janesville Jets, a team with one of the best records in the North Division. The Jets were expected to make quick work of the Wilderness, but the team had different plans. Led by their star goalie, Chase Munroe, the Wilderness pulled off a shocking sweep of the Jets, winning all three games of the series and advancing to the division finals.
Their success didn’t stop there. In the division finals, the Wilderness faced their toughest challenge yet, the Aston Rebels. The Rebels were the top team in the league and were favored to win the division. But the Wilderness had already proven that they were a team to be reckoned with, and they did it again by defeating the Rebels in four games and securing a spot in the Robertson Cup playoffs for the second consecutive year.
The 2015–2016 season was a historic one for the Minnesota Wilderness. Not only did they have two major upsets in the playoffs, but they also had their first ever appearance in the Robertson Cup finals. The team may have lost in the finals to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, but their journey to get there was remarkable and unforgettable. The accomplishments of that season have set the standard for the team and given them a solid foundation to build upon.
The Wilderness continued their success in the 2016–2017 season, making it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. In the first round, they faced the Brookings Blizzard, who had ended their season the previous year. The series was a close one, with both teams winning two out of the five games. In the fifth and deciding game, the Wilderness pulled off a dramatic overtime win, securing their spot in the division finals.
The division finals saw the Wilderness face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs once again. It was a rematch of the Robertson Cup finals from the previous year, and both teams were determined to prove themselves. The series was intense, with both teams exchanging blows back and forth. However, the Wilderness came out on top, defeating the Ice Dogs in five games and advancing to the Robertson Cup playoffs for the second consecutive year.
In the Robertson Cup playoffs, the Wilderness faced off against the Aston Rebels once again. It was a hard-fought series, with both teams playing at their best. However, the Wilderness fell short, losing in the semifinals to the Rebels in four games. Despite the loss, the team had another impressive season, making it to the Robertson Cup playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Minnesota Wilderness may be a relatively new team in the junior hockey world, but they have already made a significant impact. Their historic upsets and wins have solidified their place in the league and earned them a reputation as a strong, competitive team. As the team continues to grow and build upon its success, we can only expect more memorable moments and accomplishments from the Minnesota Wilderness.