The Aberdeen Wings started slowly but finished strong and sent a packed house at the Odde Ice Center home happy with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Brookings Blizzard.
The Wings trailed 4-1 late in the third period before scoring three times in a span of a minute and 16 seconds to force overtime. After a scoreless overtime, Justin Parizek and Eric Baskin scored in the shootout, giving the Wings the victory.
A pair of Brookings goals in the second period gave the visitors a 4-1 cushion heading into the third. Baskin’s shorthanded goal with 1:16 left started the Aberdeen rally. Jake Horton found the net with 14 seconds left to get the Wings to within a goal, and Jordan Heller scored with 1.6 seconds remaining to tie the game. Baskin finished with a pair of goals for the Wings, scoring his team’s first goal as well, trimming the Brookings lead to 2-1 in the first period. Each team was 0-6 on power play chances and the visitors had a 49-40 edge in shots.
Aberdeen improved to 13-28-7 with the victory, while Brookings fell to 27-18-4 with the loss. The Wings will begin March with a road trip to Austin, Minn., to face the Bruins next Friday and Saturday.
Brookings Blizzard| 2 2 0 0 0—4
Aberdeen Wings| 1 0 3 0 1—5
First Period: 1, Brookings, Nick DeCenzo (Drew Brevig, Eetu Karvinen), 16:29; 2, Brookings, Eric Brenk (Tyler Cayemberg), 16:14; 3, Aberdeen, Eric Baskin, unassisted, 4:50.
Second Period: 4, Brookings, Justin Moody (Karvinen), 17:23; 5, Brookings, Matt Youso, unassisted, 14:01.
Third Period: 6, Aberdeen, Baskin (Kyle Haak), 1:16; 7, Aberdeen, Jake Horton (Peter Krieger), :14; 8, Aberdeen, Jordan Heller, unassisted, :01.6.
Shootout: Brookings goals, Karvinen; Aberdeen goals, Justin Parizek, Baskin.
Goalies: Brookings, Drew Weigman (39 shots, 35 saves); Aberdeen, Chad Catt (49 shots, 45 saves).