Wings sweep Bismarck with 5-1 win Saturday

The Aberdeen Wings defeated Bismarck 5-1 Saturday on the road, sweeping the weekend and remaining perfect on the season.

Ben Badalamenti got the scoring started for the Wings, scoring his second goal of the weekend and the season at the 11:24 mark in the first period. Assisting on the goal was Liam Fraser and Payton Matsui. The sole goal of the period sent the Wings into the locker room leading 1-0.

In the second period, Kevin MacKay scored the period’s lone goal, finding the back of the net at the 6:22 mark. He was assisted by Matsui and Badalamenti.

Fraser started the scoring in the third period with an assist from Matsui and Trevor Russell at the 7:14 mark. Caiden Gault followed less than a minute later, scoring his first goal of the season for the Wings. Gault was assisted by Spencer Schneider and Seamus Campbell.

Bismarck’s Lars Rodne scored a goal for the Bobcats, assisted by Tim Piechowski, at the 15:30 mark in the third period. However, the Wings would answer back just 16 seconds later with a goal from Jordan Randall, his fourth goal of the weekend. Assisting on the goal was Michael Reed and Cade Neilson.

The Wings notched 36 shots on goal versus the Bobcats’ 16, 15 of which Wings goalie Jake Sibell denied. Both teams went 0-3 on the power play.

Wings head coach Scott Langer is satisfied with how this year’s team is playing together.

“This team has continued to come together since training camp,” Langer said. “It’s a close-knit group that have been playing the right way.”

And while the team remains undefeated after six games, Langer said that his team is one that is never satisfied.

“We will continue to grow as a team and improve each and every day,” he said.

The Wings are back in action at home next weekend as they host the Austin Bruins. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and puck drops at 7:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Odde Ice Arena. Friday is Free Kids Friday, where kids ages 4-12 will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket purchased at the door. Saturday’s Halloween game will feature treats for children in attendance.

Tickets can be purchased before the games for $10 at any of the four Aberdeen C-Express locations, with additional purchase, or online at