The Minot Minotauros tried their best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the Aberdeen Wings would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 3-1.
Aberdeen took a 3-0 lead during the second period, only to have Minot storm back on a Lucas Olivergoal 12:23 into the third period to pull to two goals down.
The Wings’ Chad Catt was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 33 saves and let only one puck past him. Catt certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.08 entering the contest.
Aberdeen’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on six Minot power plays. The Wings’ defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals. By firing 32 shots on goal, Aberdeen exceeded the 25.3 shots it averages per game this year.
The Wings were helped by Kyle Kruenegel, who grabbed one goal. Kruenegel scored 13:27 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Aberdeen. Jonathan Grebosky assisted on the tally. Aberdeen also got points from Grebosky, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Steven Johnson also scored for Aberdeen. In addition, Aberdeen received assists from Peter Krieger andJustin Parizek, who each chipped in one.
Aberdeen incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. The Minotauros’ Tyler Parks stopped 29 shots out of the 32 that he faced. For Minot, Collin Abitz was ejected from the game.
Aberdeen will be hitting the road this weekend to take on the Minnestoa Wilderness. You can catch all the Wings away action at Buffalo Wings & Rings in Aberdeen or on HockeyTV.com. You can always tune into 94.1 The Rock, HubCityRadio.com or the Hub City Radio App to listen to the games! The Wings will return to the Odde March 17th & 18th to host the Wilderness. Friday March 17th will be 1st Responders Night! All first responders will receive FREE admission! Saturday the 18th is season ticket appreciation night!