Wings Push Bismarck To The Brink Of Elimination With Game Two Victory
Aberdeen takes 2-0 series lead with 4-1 victory
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The defending Robertson Cup Champion Aberdeen Wings are one win away from a return trip to Blaine, Minnesota and the Final Four to defend their title.
After their first six playoff games were all decided by two goals or less, the Wings had some room to breathe in game two of the Central Division Finals on Saturday night at the Odde Ice Center, defeating Bismarck 4-1.
The Wings take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series and can close it out next Friday with a win in game three in Bismarck. Puck drops at 7:15 PM.
As they did last night Aberdeen scored two goals in the opening period. Thomas Manty put home a rebound at 6:28 for his third goal of the postseason. With 1:20 to go Natan Vertes broke in and scored his third as well with a wrist shot to make it 2-0. Bismarck would answer 18 seconds later, though, with a goal from Austin Schwartz to pull within 2-1 after a period.
Aberdeen would regain their two goal lead midway through the second period on a re-direction from Kyle Gaffney. Unlike previous playoffs games the Wings wouldn’t let their opponent draw any closer, take a three goal lead in the third period on Nathan Mann’s goal 3:40 in.
Aberdeen goalie Jake Sibell stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced while counterpart Ian Shane saved 38 of 42.
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