The Aberdeen Wings are at home Friday, December 27th against the Minot Minotauros. The game will be the first following the NAHL Christmas break.
Minot (14-14-3) and Aberdeen (17-11-2) have been locked into a back-and-forth battle all season long. The Aberdeen Wings have split the last three weekend double-headers with Bismarck, Wenatchee, and Minot. Injuries plagued the team in November and December. The past two weeks the Wings have been without goaltender Chad Catt (G-Williamsport, MI) who shutout the Minotauros twice in October. Catt, who is 10-6-1 with a 1.88 goals against average could make a return, but the Aberdeen Wings medical staff has not released an official statement. The team is also without the services of forward #25 Lennart Palausch (F-Mannheim, Germany) who is currently on the national roster for team Germany at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden.
The good news for the Aberdeen Wings could be a few players who have shined against the Minot Minotauros in their NAHL careers. #24 Jonathan Grebosky (F-Pittsburgh, PA) has scored 5 goals and 6 assists in his career vs. Minot. Other notable Wings players with great career stats against the Minotauros are #9 Patrick Steinhauser (F-Plymouth, MN) who has scored a goal and 8 assists; #27 Erik Baskin (F-Minnetonka, MN) who has 4 goals and 6 assists; #16 Kyle Haak (F-Okemos, MI) who has 4 goals and 4 assists; #4 Jake Horton (D-Plymouth, MN) who has 3 goals and 3 assists; #15 Jordan Heller (F-Bemidji, MN) has 3 goals and 2 assists. These stats are career statistics versus the Minot Minoaturos by Aberdeen Wings players.
In the last 5 games, #16 Kyle Haak has been a threat to the NAHL scoring 5 goals and an assist. #11 TJ Roo (F-Coon Rapids, MN) has been hot with the stick offering 2 goals and 5 assists while #15 Jordan Heller has pitched in with 4 assists. Rookie players for the Aberdeen Wings have also stepped up recently for the Wings including #7 Matt Brettingen (D-St. Cloud, MN) who has added 3 assists and #21 Bjorn Sigurdarson (F-Reykjavik, Iceland) who had two goals last Friday against Bismarck.
Doors to the Odde Ice Center will open at 5:30pm with happy hour beer specials. At 7:05pm, the arena will rock with one of the top NAHL light shows and game introductions with the puck drop following at 7:15pm. Inside the arena, you’ll find the beer booth with happy hour specials, a full concession stand, the Bully’s-Tapz booth with great tasting food, the CherryBerry frozen yogurt booth, a raffle to win a piece of furniture from JR’s Furniture, Chuck-A-Puck split pot, and even the outstanding Wings ProShop with great Wings merchandise including replica jerseys and more!
Have family in town for the holidays? Get your tickets early!
***ATTENTION WINGS FANS***
Some of the best seats in the arena are available for this Friday night’s game. Sit above the net in the corporate lounge area. $15 per ticket gets you a comfy barstool and a drink ticket to watch one of the top player/fan experiences in the NAHL and cheer on the hometown Aberdeen Wings.