Photo credit: Jess Tuttle
AUSTIN, MN – Mads Sogaard made 33 saves while Valdemar’s Ahlberg’s second period power play goal stood up as the game winner in a 2-1 Bruins triumph over the Aberdeen Wings on Friday night at Riverside Arena. The Bruins brought their record to 3-3-3 with the win.
The Wings got their lone goal early, when Adam Pitters ripped off a shot from the left-wing circle at 3:20 of the first for a power play goal and a 1-0 Wings lead. The tide of the game turned when the Bruins got even at 11:06. Benito Posa followed up a strong shift from Valdemar Ahlberg, Sviatoslov Kuchynski, and Justin Brandt, shooting a loose puck into the chest of Wings goaltender Gabe Vinal. Vinal tried to grab the rebound but knocked the puck off the skate of one of his defenseman and slowly across the goal line behind him. It was Posa’s second goal in as many games. On the play, Anthony Stark got an assist. The score was 1-1 at the end of one period.
The second period featured 26 combined shots, 14-12 in the Bruins favor. Despite all the offense, the only goal came with under two minutes left when Ahlberg found a rebound and slid it under Vinal to give the Bruins their first lead. Assists went to Brandt and Alex Mella. Austin led 2-1 after two.
The vast majority of the third period was spent in the Bruins end and Mads Sogaard saw 13 shots, but he was able to turn them all away to preserve the 2-1 score as the final. In total, Sogaard stopped 33 shots, and now has all three Bruins wins under his belt.
Austin will go for the sweep and their fourth in a row on Saturday night at 7:05 at Riverside Arena. The Bruins will be celebrating Halloween early with candy for the kids, courtesy of Hy-Vee, and a costume contest. The best adult and kid costumes will win a 10-game pack.