Your Aberdeen Wings closed out 2016 with a 12-15-2-1 record and a lot of room for improvement. They went into 2017 with a new refreshed & relaxed attitude and things starting falling into place. They earned points in 7 of their 11 games in January, and going 11-6-1-3 February – the end of the regular season. Earning themselves a spot in the 2017 Robertson Cup Playoffs.
Things wouldn’t come easy however as they were matched up against Minot the number 1 seed in the Central Division. The Wings went 4-6-1-1 vs. the Minotauros throughout the regular season, but they hadn’t played against one another since January 26th a game the Wings won 3-2. The Wings hit the road and hit the Tauros taking games 1 & 2, 3-1. Heading back to the Odde with a 2 game lead in the best of 5 series might have caused a bit of a letdown in game 3 as the Wings fell 7-1. Both teams were back on their A game in game 4 but ultimately it was Carson Dimoff and the Wings sending the Tauros home for the summer with a thrilling 3-2 double overtime win.
Round 2 had the Wings facing the #2 seeded Minnesota Wilderness. Aberdeen went 4-3-1-0 vs. the Wilderness through the regular season. Aberdeen would once again take game 1 by a 4-3 double overtime win. Game 2 would go to the Wilderness 3-2. Heading back to the Odde the Wings would drop game 3 by a score of 4-1. facing elimination for the first time Aberdeen responded with a 5-2 win to force game 5 at Minnesota. And what a game 5 it turned out to be. In a goaltender battle Aberdeen outlasted Minnesota when Colin Raver advanced the Wings to their first Robertson Cup Finals appearance in franchise history, with an overtime game winner 1-0.
Aberdeen would be matched up with the top overall seed in the NAHL at the Robertson Cup Finals, the Aston Rebels. Game 1 went to the Rebels by a 4-2 score. Game 2 would be different as once again the Wings were faced with elimination and responded with a 3-2 overtime win when team captain Gage Mackie took a pass from Colton Fletcher to force a game 3 for a shot at the Championship. Game 3 would also go to overtime but this time the Rebels would be the ones celebrating with a 2-1 win. Aberdeen Wings goaltender Forbes Ploszaj was brilliant throughout the 2nd half for the Wings playing in almost every game.
Your Wings close out 2017 this weekend with a home and home vs. Brookings. Friday nights game will be in Brookings and can be watched at Buffalo Wings & Rings in Aberdeen or on HockeyTV.com. You can also listen to the game on 94.1 The Rock, HubCityRadio.com or the Hub City Radio App. Saturday the Wings are back at the Odde for a Pre-New Years Eve Party! Western Corporate Image Light the Lamp Lounge Game Sponsor is Turck Exteriors. $10 General Admission tickets are on sale now at any of the 4 C-Express Locations. Doors open at 5:30 and the puck drops at 7:15!