Coming off of an exciting 3-2 win in overtime Friday, the Austin Bruins were looking to run their current winning streak to six games with a weekend sweep of the Aberdeen Wings at Odde Ice Center in Aberdeen Saturday evening, but Wings goaltender Adam Dybal turned aside all 41 shots he faced to lead Aberdeen to a 2-0.
After a scoreless first period, Logan Gravnik’s sixth goal of the season at 16:10 of the second period wound up to be the eventual game-winner, and Luke Backel’s first goal of the sesaon into an empty net at 19:50 of the third period accounted for the 2-0 final. The Bruins outshot the Wings 41-23 for the game, and Bruins netminder Trent Wiemken turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced in the contest. Austin was whistled for three penalties for six minutes, while Aberdeen was called for seven penalties for a total of 25 minutes, including a 5-minute spearing major and a game misconduct called on Drew Mackie at 13:00 of the second period.
With the loss, the Bruins are now 8-2-0-0 for 16 points and first place in the Central Division, three points ahead of second-place Aberdeen. Austin heads back out on the road next Friday and Saturday for two games with the Bismark Bobcats at the VFW Sports Center in Bismark, with face-off at 7:05 p.m. both evenings.