ABERDEEN, SD- Home ice for the First Round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs belongs to the Austin Bruins after a 2-1 victory over the Aberdeen Wings.
Going into the final weekend of the regular season, the Austin Bruins needed 1 win to secure home ice in the First Round of the Playoffs and did just that! The Bruins wasted no time out of the gate as just 1:14 into the 1st period, Antony Menghini would light the lamp and give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Klayton Knapp would stand on his head during the period as well, denying multiple Grade-A chances by the Aberdeen Wings to give his team a 1-0 lead to the locker room after the first 20 minutes.
The Wings, knowing what was on the line fought their way back into the game with a goal score by Landry Schmuck on a nice breakout feed from Devon Carlstrom to tie the game up at 1-1 6:42 into the 2nd period. Both teams would trade big scoring opportunities as Anton Castro for the Wings would help keep things close until some miscommunication between him and Kyle Gaffney resulted in an own goal, which would be credited to Menghini for his 2nd of the night, to give the Bruins back the lead at 2-1. From there, Knapp and the rest of the Bruins’ defense would buckle down and come away with a big 2-1 win in Aberdeen to take game one of the Weekend series and secure home ice next week for the First Round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs.
Both teams are back at it tomorrow night for the Regular Season Finale with puck drop set for 7:15PM