AUSTIN, Minn. – Hockey is officially back in Spamtown! Unfortunately for the Bruins, however, their spirited effort fell short with a 3-2 loss to the Aberdeen Wings in the preseason opener.
In a game where rust and poor chemistry is almost expected, there was none to be found at Riverside Arena for the Bruins. The black-and-gold came out firing on all cylinders in the first period breaking the scoreless tie nearly five minutes into the game. Dante Sheriff, the Bruins leading scorer from a season ago, scored in his usual fashion toe dragging around Wings netminder Henry Welch.
The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 moments later when Patrick Wyers rifled a shot from the high slot which went over the netminder’s shoulder and into the back of the net. Aberdeen would get on the board later in the first period with a goal of their own, making the score 2-1 going into the locker room.
In the second period, the Bruins spun their tires a little bit committing a few penalties but stood strong killing off each and every one. The Wings did their damage with a full complement of players, however, tying things at two later in the second period.
Out of the third, the Bruins brought the swagger and hits but ultimately couldn’t get that third goal. It was Aberdeen, frest off a power-play opportunity who slid the puck past Tyler Shea for the third goal of the night and their first lead, 3-2
With under two minutes to go, the Bruins pulled the goaltender and sent a flurry of shots to the net, but couldn’t find the equalizer. Abdeen walked away victorious by a final score of 3-2.
The Bruins and Wings will meet again tomorrow night for the second game of this home-and-home preseason series. Following the series with Aberdeen, Austin will travel back to Riverside arena and welcome their in-state rivals, the Minnesota Magicians on Friday, September 13. Tickets for all preseason games, including Friday, September 13, are only $5 with season ticket holders getting free admission. Fans can purchase tickets on Monday, September 9 at any one of the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.