The Wings held a 5-2 lead going into the third period and kept it until 5:13 left to go in the game, when Lucas Oliver scored the first of two Minot power play goals. A minute and 13 seconds later, Cameron Rowat added a power play goal as well to trim the lead to a goal.
Similar to Friday, Aberdeen scored a pair of goals in the first period and added three more in the second. After Minot tallied the game’s first goal, Justin Parizek notched a power play goal to get the Aberdeen scoring started and Peter Kreig’s goal put the hosts ahead to stay.
Aberdeen’s Tanner Holmquist scored two of Aberdeen’s three goals in the second period, with assists from Eric Baskin on each goal. Minot’s only goal of the period got the visitors back to within a goal at 3-2 before the Wings scored twice to pad the lead.
Joe Sullivan added a goal in the second period as well for Aberdeen, which improved to 4-6 on the season. Marcus Zelzer faced 35 shots and made 31 saves, while Tyler Parks turned away 24 of 29 shots for Minot.
The Wings will face Minot a third straight time, next Friday at Minot.
Minot Minotauros| 1 1 2–4
Aberdeen Wings| 2 3 0–5
First Period: 1, Minot, Denis Dalidovich (Jadin Martin, Brett Bukowski), 16:39; 2, Aberdeen, Justin Parizek (Dylan Dailey), 14:10; 3, Aberdeen, Peter Krieger (Erik Baskin, Kyle Kruenegel), 5:02.
Second Period: 4, Aberdeen, Tanner Holmquist (Baskin), 16:11; 5, Minot, Matt Audette (Lucas Oliver, Tim Donohue), 6:03; 6, Aberdeen, Holmquist (Baskin), 4:53; 7, Aberdeen, Joe Sullivan (Kruenegel, Mike Parnell), :19.
Third Period: 8, Minot, Oliver (Mason Morelli, Donohue), 5:13; 9, Minot, Cameron Rowat (Morelli, David Dalbec), 4:00.
Goalies: Minot, Tyler Parks (29 shots, 24 saves); Aberdeen, Marcus Zelzer (35 shots, 31 saves).