For most of Friday’s non-division showdown, the Coulee Region Chill seemed well on their way to securing their first shutout victory of the season.
But in the final five minutes of regulation, those hopes were dashed.
Managing a two-goal lead late in the third period, the Minnesota Wilderness eventually equalized with a pair of late markers, and later sunk Coulee Region with a game-winning goal 1 minute, 44 seconds into overtime to secure a 3-2 win at Green Island Ice Arena.
The Chill were outshot 18-6 in the third period, as rookie goaltender Todd Scott encountered a whopping 50 shots from the Wilderness.
Jackson Decker opened the scoring at 2:04 of the first period, taking assists from Kevin Dineen and Scott Corbett before finishing his first of the year.
Then, after a scoreless second period, the Chill delivered another early goal in the third, as Billy Duma made it 2-0 at 3:04 with his third of the season.
That’s when the Wilderness flipped a switch.
Tyler Vold drew first blood for Minnesota at 15:14 of the third to make it 2-1. Then, with 2:01 on the clock, Dylan Mills equalized with an unassisted goal, his fourth of the year, to force overtime.
Michael Zuffante took it from there, completing the Wilderness’ comeback in overtime with his eighth goal of the season.
After starting his NAHL career 3-0, Scott was tagged with his second consecutive loss despite making 47 saves.