AUSTIN, Minn. – The Bruins win streak over the Aberdeen Wings came to an end at three on Friday night when Aberdeen took down the Bruins, 4-1.
Scoring started early, but it wasn’t the Bruins as the visiting Wings only needed a minute and 28 seconds to score the games first goal. Connor Beatty netted his second goal of the season on a play that injured Bruins starting goalie Brett Miller. After an examination by the medical staff, Miller skated off to the locker room with Tyler Shea coming on in relief. It took over ten minutes, but the Bruins battled back to even the game at 1-1 later in the first. Cullen Rush ripped a wrist-shot from the left point which was blocked in front where Dante Sheriff fed Ben Almquist who pushed it past the goal line.
In the second period, the Wings regained the lead off the fourth goal of the season for Cooper Haar. The Bruins had their chances but couldn’t solve Aberdeen netminder Henry Welsch in the middle frame and in the third period, fireworks exploded.
Dante Sheriff was called for a tripping penalty midway through the third period, which erupted the Bruins bench. The usually tepid Jed Pietila was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct as was head coach Steve Howard who’s anger directed toward the officials earned him an early end to his night. The Bruins battled back in the third period but couldn’t capitalize on their changes including giving up a power-play goal to Aberdeen and an empty netter in garbage time.
The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the man advantage while killing off six of Aberdeen’s seven chances. With the loss, Austin drops to 9-7-1-2 while Aberdeen improves to 9-4-4-1 and takes sole possesion of fourth place in the NAHL Central Division. The teams will be back in action on Saturday night at Riverside Arena for Scout Night with tickets on sale now at all the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.