The Aberdeen Wings not only clinched a playoff berth on Saturday nights game, they also clinched home ice advantage for the first round of playoffs. With a big 7-3 win against St. Cloud and Austin beating Minot, that moved the Wings from fourth place to second place. Cole Moore was once again in net and made 33/36 saves on the night.
The first period the Wings got on the board with a Jordan Ronn goal. Only seconds later the Norsemen scored to tie it up at 1. Then halfway through the first Luke Lindsay scored a goal from the blue line making it 2-1 after the first. Cole Moore stopped 10/11 in the first period.
In the second period Alexander Gullichsen scored less than two minutes in to make it a 3-1 game. Almost 4 minutes later the Norsemen answered back with a powerplay goal coming from Tyler Dysart to shrink their lead to 1. It was a slow second period after those two early goals to make it a 3-2 game at the end of two periods.
The third period however St. Cloud would tie things up only a minute and 12 seconds into the period with that goal coming from Blake Perbix. The Wings would then score 4 straight goals to close out the game and secure home ice advantage in the first round. Patrick O’Connell would get his first goal on the night halfway through the third period. He would then score his second of the night a little over six minutes later. Not even 30 seconds later Dylan Wegner would extend the Wings lead to 3, and Nikolai Tishkevich would close the door with 1 minute 32 seconds left in the game to make it 7-3.
The Wings will host the St. Cloud Norsemen next weekend at the Odde in the first round of the playoffs in a best of 5 series. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information on tickets.