ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Austin Bruins attempted to rally in the third period, pulling within one goal at 3-2, but couldn’t overtake the Aberdeen Wings who complete the sweep by winning 6-2 on Saturday.
Much like Friday nights game, the Aberdeen Wings got on the scoreboard first in front of their home crowd. After coming on in relief Friday, Hudson Hodges got the start in net for the Bruins on Saturday. The first goal of the game came off the stick of Will Arquiett, who gave the Wings the 1-0 lead 4:26 into the game. Later in the first, Aberdeen stretched their lead to 2-0 when Cullen Ferguson teamed up with Peyton Matsui and Spencer Schneider to score the Wings fourth short-handed goal of the season.
After the intermission, Aberdeen went back to work and registered their third tally of the game when Cade Neilson got a piece of a Ferguson shot from the blue-line that got past Hodges and put the Wings on top, 3-0. That power-play goal would prove to be the lone tally in the second period, and both teams took to their respective locker rooms after 40-minutes with the Bruins down a trio.
That’s when Austin began to show life. Early in the final frame, Connor Mylymok took a rebound off a scramble in the front of the net and backhanded one home for his sixth goal of the season. The Bruins stayed on the comeback train, getting a power-play goal from Walter Zacher just over seven minutes in the third. With Austin coming back, down just a goal with the score 3-2, Aberdeen turned it on. Jake Goldowski would score two of the Wings final three goals, with defenseman Kevin MacKay adding the other and when the clock struck zeros, the Bruins found themselves defeated, 6-2.
Bruins goalie Hudson Hodges was handed the loss despite stopping 35 of 41 Aberdeen shots while Dominik Wasik was the winning goaltender after turning aside 27 of 29 Bruins chances.
With the loss, the Bruins slipped to 9-19-2-2 on the season while Aberdeen continued their strong year by improving to 31-1-0-1. Up next for the Bruins, they welcome the Wilderness to Riverside Arena on Thursday, March 11 for their only game of the upcoming weekend. Tickets for the divisional rivalry are on sale now by visiting www.austinbruins.com/single-game-tickets.