BISMARCK, N.D. — The Aberdeen Wings kept up their current hot streak Saturday, rallying for a 4-3 shootout victory over the Bismarck Bobcats.
The Wings, who trailed 3-1 at one point, scored twice in the third period to force overtime. Jake Horton provided the game-tying goal with 12:14 left in the game and the Wings eventually won in a shootout with goals from Peter Krieger, Justin Parizek and Sam Coborn.
The win was sixth straight for the Wings and the 12th for Aberdeen in its last 16 games since Feb. 1.
Bismarck jumped out to an early lead, tallying two goals within the first three minutes, both by Evan Giesler. The Wings cut the margin to one as Krieger scored his first goal with 8:50 left in the period. Assists went to Parizek and Steven Johnson on the play.
The hosts extended their back to two when Patrick Moore found the net late in the second period. The third period got off to a good start for the Wings when Krieger notched his second goal on a power play just 21 seconds into the quarter. Horton scored to tie the contest seven minutes later.
The Wings outshot Bismarck 12-8 in the pivotal third period, but lost the overall battle 36-29. Aberdeen goalie Zach Nagelvoort made 33 saves on the night.
In other NAHL action Saturday, Minot, which is battling the Wings for the final playoff spot in the Central Division, lost a 4-0 decision to the Austin Bruins. Aberdeen (20-29-7) is back in action hosting Coulee Region for games at Odde Ice Center on Friday and Saturday. Three of the final four games for Aberdeen are at home.
Aberdeen Wings| 1 0 2 0 1–4
Bismarck Bobcats| 2 1 0 0 0–3
First Period: 1, Bismarck, Evan Giesler (Cory Chapman, Joe Giordano), 19:40; 2, Bismarck, Giesler (Daniel Kovar, Chapman), 17:00; 3, Aberdeen, Peter Krieger (Steven Johnson, Justin Parizek), 8:50;
Second Period: 4, Bismarck, Patrick Moore (Matt Pohlkamp, Philip Starzynski), 1:21.
Third Period: 5, Aberdeen, Krieger (Jordan Heller, Jake Horton), 19:39; 6, Aberdeen, Horton (Jonathan Grebosky, Tanner Holmquist), 12:14.
Shootout: Aberdeen goals by Krieger, Parizek, Sam Coborn; Bismarck goals by Nate Repensky, Moore.
Goalies: Aberdeen, Zach Nagelvoort (36 shots, 33 saves); Bismarck, Aaron Nelson (28 shots, 25 saves).