Friday night, the Aberdeen Wings were on the road taking on the Austin Bruins, the top team in the Central Division. The Wings would fall 3-2 in the game after two costly mistakes.
In the first period, Austin would get on the board at the 7:46 mark with a goal from Luke Dietsch. Bruins lead 1-0. The Wings were outshot in the first period 11-8. In the second period, halfway through at the 10:07 mark, the Wings making a line change gave the Bruins a 3-on-2 advantage and Jacob Kullberg would score giving Austin a 2-0 lead. At the 12:46 mark, the Wings would tally a goal from #22 Colin Raver (F-Bartlett, IL), his third goal of the season. Assists given to #25 Tucker DeYoung (F-Lake Bluff, IL) and #10 Tanner Okeson (D-Roseau, MN) making it 2-1.
At the 17:21 mark in the second period, the Wings would make a push into the offensive zone. As the Wings defensemen made a line change, two Bruins forwards were left a center-ice. After a quick blocked shot, the Bruins sent the puck down to the waiting forwards as Austin’s Josh Wilkins would score on the 2-on-0 advantage.
Now 3-1, the third period would see the Wings get a beautiful goal from #12 Austin Heakins (F-Mars, PA). Wings forward #16 Kyle Haak (F-Okemos, MI) would hit the burners back by his own net and feed to Heakins who would dance around the defender for a 1-on-1 with Bruins goaltender Kielly and the goal. But the Wings would struggle to find the game-tying goal resulting in a 3-2 loss on the road.
The Wings take on the Bruins again tomorrow night at 7:05. Listen on 94.1 The Rock, ESPNAberdeen.com, or watch/listen on FASTHockey.com.
BUTLER-CAT HIT OF THE GAME
Aberdeen #25 Tucker DeYoung (F-Lake Bluff, IL)
SD WHEAT GROWERS STARS OF THE GAME
3rd – Aberdeen #28 Grant Dukus (F-Trenton, MI)
2nd – Aberdeen #22 Colin Raver (F-Bartlett, IL)
1st – Aberdeen #12 Austin Heakins (F-Mars, PA)