Austin Bruins fall on the road to Aberdeen Wings 4-2 Saturday night

In a game you heard on AM 1480 KAUS and myaustinminnesota.com, the Austin Bruins were looking to snap a season-high three-game losing streak at Ode Ice Arena in Aberdeen versus the Wings Saturday evening, but it was the Wings pulling out of a 1-1 tie with three straight goals to win, 4-2.

Aberdeen scored the lone goal of the first period for a 1-0 lead before Austin’s Giuseppe Fiorillo lit the lamp for the first time this season at 4:00 of the second period to knot the game at 1-1, with the assists to Austin Salani, his 18th of the season, and to Gustav Noren, his 10th.  Penalties, though, dogged the Bruins for the rest of the period as the officials whistled Austin for five penalties in the middle frame for a total of 10 minutes, and the Wings were able to cash in as after Isak Holmstrom scored at 6:11 of the period for a 2-1 lead, Logan Gravnik tallied on the power play at 12:22 of the period to give Abereen a 3-1 lead after two.

The Wings increased their lead to 4-1 when Grant Kohnen lit the lamp at 3:14 of the third period, but Austin answered when Ocean Wallace scored his 10th goal of the season on the power play at 7:45 of the period, with assists to Austin Salani, his second of the game and 19th of the season, and to Gustav Noren, also his second of the contest and 11th of the season to make the score 4-2.  Unfortuantely, the Bruins would get no closer as the officials whistled the Bruins for an additional four penalties in the period for eight minutes, and the Wings defense and goaltender Adam Dybal also made the lead stand the rest of the way.

The Bruins outshot the Wings 37-23 for the game, with Austin netminder Logan Rose turning away 19 of the 23 shots he faced, and Dybal made 35 saves in facing 37 shots to earn the win in net.  Austin was whistled for 11 minor penalties in the contest overall for 22 minutes, while Aberdeen was called for seven penalties for 14 minutes, and each team tallied a power play goal.

With the loss, the Bruins end the first half of the season with a record of 15-12-1-0-1 for 31 points, good for fourth place in the NAHL’s Central Divsison, while the Wings are 14-13-1-2-1 and also have 31 points in a tie for fourth with Austin.  The Bruins are now off until Friday, December 29th when they will play host to the North Iowa Bulls at Riverside Arena, with face-off at 7:05 p.m. that evening.