AUSTIN, MN – Jade Miller scored two powerplay goals, including his eleventh game winner of the season with less than a minute to go and the Bruins split the weekend series with Aberdeen, elmininating the Wings from playoff contention.
For the first time in seven games, the Bruins scored first when Luke Notermann tapped a loose puck in the goal crease over the line at 2:59 of the opening period. At 10:28, the Bruins made it 2-0 on a power play deflection from Austin Rueschhoff off a Marcus Karlstrom one-timer. Aberdeen was resilient, scoring twice between the 13:24 and 14:02 marks of the period, getting goals from Jackson Graalum and Brendan Riordan to tie the score at two. Each team was credited with 17 shots in a high-octane first period.
At 9:20 of the second, Miller got his first of the night, sitting back door and taking a cross ice feed from Jacob Paganelli. Kris Carlson played a strong 2nd period, stopping 14 Wings shots and keeping the Bruins ahead 3-2 after 40.
After failing on a four minute power play and a 5 on 3, Aberdeen got a five minute advantage when Zach Kennedy took a major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing early in the 3rd. Carter Roo took advantage just over mid-way through and tied the game at three. Colin Raver was called for tripping at 18:32, setting the stage for Miller's heroics. It was once again Paganelli who set him up on the door step at 19:11. Miller finishes the regular season with 29 goals, one shy of the single season Bruins record.
Carlson made 37 saves in the win while Peter Thome was the tough luck loser, stopping 38 of 42. The Wings loss cliched the fourth and final playoff spot for the Brookings Blizzard, who travel to Bismarck to open the playoffs next week. The Bruins will head to Minot for games 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday night at Maysa Arena.