Junior hockey: Blackbirds drop Game 1 of series with Rampage
Post-Tribune Staff report March 15, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: March 16, 2013 10:28PM
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — To say that the Illiana Blackbirds’ chances of making it to the Minnesota Junior Hockey league finals were nicked Friday night is an understatement.
Nick Ricossa’s goal at 4:38 of overtime gave Wisconsin a 5-4 win over Illiana to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
The Rampage can win the Great Lakes Division championship with a win Saturday.
The Blackbirds trailed 2-0 early but came back to take a 3-2 lead, thanks to Sean Gruenhagen’s third-period goal, before Wisconsin scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. That’s when Gruenhagen scored the game-tying goal at 12.21 seconds left to send the game into an extra session.
The loss was the first for Illiana in the postseason.