Friday March 25th: Austin 2 @ Aberdeen 4 – The Wings moved back into sole possession of 4th place in the Central Division thanks to a 4-2 home win over the Bruins. Jake Leitner scored twice in the Wings win, which included the first goal of the game early in the 1st period. Carter Roo added a power play goal early in the 2nd period to make the score 2-0. The Bruins scored back-to-back goals from Jade Miller and Dalton Gally to tie the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period. Matt Pulver answered back for the Wings on the power play to make the score 3-2 after two periods. Leitner added his second goal of the game late in the 3rd period on an empty-net. Wings goalie Peter Thome made 35 saves in the win, while Kris Carlson made 42 saves in the loss. Boxscore
Saturday March 26th: Austin 7 @ Aberdeen 5 – It was a rough night for the goalies as Austin shrugged off a 4-0 deficit and came back to defeat the Wings, 7-5. Aberdeen led 4-0 with four goals in the first 13 minutes of the game from Matt Pulver, Jackson Graalum, Carter Roo and Kevin Fitzgerald. The Bruins then mounted a comeback thanks to 1st period goals from Justin Misiak and Zach Kennedy and a 2nd period goal from Jade Miller that made the score 4-3. The Wings took a 5-3 lead on another goal from Pulver early in the 2nd period, but it was all Bruins after that as they scored four unanswered goals from Gilbert Gobor, Miha Zajc, Jacob Paganelli and Austin Rueschhoff to win the game 7-5 and split the weekend series. Boxscore
The Aberdeen Wings have a home and home series vs. Brookings this weekend. Friday night the Wings will be on the road at the Larson Ice Center, then back at the Odde for the regular season home finale Saturday. With 2 playoff spots still unspoken for everything is still up in the air in the Central. Right not Bismarck and Minot have each clinched playoff spots but are still battling for the top spot in the division. Austin is alone in 3rd but only 5 points ahead of Minnesota and Aberdeen. And Brookings are only 3 points behind them. So long story short the next two weeks should be intense in the Central.