Aberdeen Wings Start Playoffs with Weekend Split

ABERDEEN, SD (AberdeenWings.com) –

FRIDAY

Minot Minotauros

Aberdeen Wings  6-0

The Central Division regular season champs flexed their muscles on Friday night in a convincing 6-0 shutout win over Minot as forward Jon Bendorf recorded a hat-trick and had an assist to give the Wings a 1-0 series lead.  After a scoreless 1st period, the Wings put the pedal to the metal in the 2nd as they recorded all six goals in the middle frame in a 16-minute span, which included three from Bendorf and others from Nathan Burke, Adam Pitters, and Joey Molenaar.  Wings goalie Matt Vernon did the rest, making 25 saves in the shutout.

SATURDAY

Minot Minotauros  2-0

Aberdeen Wings

Samu Lonkila stopped all 39 shots that came his way as the Minotauros shut down the Wings’ offense and posted a 2-0 win in Game 2, tying the best-of-five Central Division Semifinal series at one game apiece.  Scoring was hard to come by as it took 49min for anyone to light the lamp.  Minot took a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal midway through the 3rd period from Grant Loven.  Alex Adams added an empty-net goal to secure the win and take home ice advantage away from Aberdeen.  Matt Vernon took the loss in the goal for the Wings, making 20 saves.  Minot had just five shots on goal in that final frame.