A two-goal third period made things interesting for the Bruins, but ultimately they fell to the Aberdeen Wings by a final score of 3-2.
It was all Aberdeen early in Friday’s game, as they controlled the pace of play through the first eight minutes of play. Bruins Head Coach Steve Howard opted to take a timeout in the first period and re-center his guys. While it worked offensively with the Bruins tilting the ice in their favor heavily, they weren’t able to solve Wings netminder Jake Sibell. After a flurry of offensive chances for the Bruins, it was the Wings who scored the games’ first goal. While on the power-play, Zachary Aughe put one past Bruins goalie Jaxon Friedman for the 1-0 lead. It only took two-and-a-half minutes for Aberdeen to extend their lead to 2-0 when Cade Nielson slipped one by Friedman.
In the second period, the Bruins once again controlled the chances, outshooting their opponents two-fold, but Aberdeen increased their lead to 3-0. Friedman sprawled out to stop a breakaway chance but the puck laid just past his outstretched leg which allowed Jakob Breault to poke it home. To end the second, the Bruins enjoyed a four-minute power-play thanks to a high-stick by Trevor Russell. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they would lose Ben Almquist for the game on the play after he was struck in the face.
Austin couldn’t capitalize on the penalty which carried over to the third period and added injury to insult when Oskar Stahl crashed hard into the boards. The second-year Bruin was slow to get-up and escorted down to the locker-room. Moments after the injury time-out, while on a powerplay, Carson Riddle slipped a puck through the legs of Sibell giving hope to the black-and-gold, making it 3-1 with over eighteen minutes to play in the game. As time wound down in the third period, Steve Howard pulled his goaltender with nearly two minutes left, and it paid off as Jed Pietila tallied his first goal of the season rifling a shot from the center point that had eyes and found the twine.
Just when it looked like the Wings sealed the game on an empty-net goal. it was called back due to offsides and the Bruins had life with 10.7 seconds left. On the ensuing draw, it was controlled by Aberdeen who dumped it in and rode off to victory, 3-2.
With the loss the black-and-gold fall to 2-2-0-1 on the season while Aberdeen improves to 2-2-1-0. The two teams will continue their renewed rivalry on Saturday with a rematch at the Odde Ice Arena.
The Bruins will welcome Aberdeen on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th, for the teams’ home-opening weekend.
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