Bruins notch 4th-straight, complete sweep of Wings

Published 11:23 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017

As the new season opened, the Austin Bruins found it hard to notch wins on the schedule.

That hasn’t been the case as of late.

The Bruins’ Benito Posa celebrates his goal, breaking a 1-1 tie in the second period against the Aberdeen Wings Saturday night at Riverside Arena. Eric Johnson/

The Bruins have now strung together four straight wins. The Bruins (4-3-1-2) defeated Aberdeen Saturday night 5-2 at Riverside Arena, completing the weekend sweep and putting pressure on the Wings who are just ahead of the them in the NAHL Central standings.

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Andy Willis gave the Bruins an early lead with a goal in the first period and after Aberdeen’s Adam Pitters tied the game at one apiece in the second period, the Bruins strung together three unanswered goals and took a three-goal lead into the third that never would be challenged.

Benito Rosa broke the 1-1 statement at 8:43 of the second and Valdemar Ahlberg and Alex Mella scored back-to-back in just over a minute to give Austin the commanding lead.

Sviatoslov Kuchynski added an empty-netter in the final two minutes of the third.

The Bruins are back at home Wednesday when they host another South Dakota team — the Brookings Blizzard — at 7:05 p.m.

Austin’s Travis Kothenbeutel slides the puck across on a two-on-one break against Aberdeen Saturday night at Riverside Arena. Eric Johnson/

Aberdeen 0 1 1 — 2

Austin 1 3 1 — 5


First period

(A) Andy Willis (Travis Kothenbeutel, Benito Posa) PP, 8:55

Second period

(AB) Adam Pitters (Nathan Burke) PP 7:41

(A) Benito Posa (unassisted) 8:43

(A) Valdemar Ahlberg (Justin Brandt, Jaden Shields) PP 11:06

(A) Alex Mella (Kothenbeutel) 12:27

Third period

(AB) Trey Bagwell (Logan Britt, Dusan Kmec) 2:24

(A) Sviatoslov Kuchynski (Evan Cholak, Toby Sengvongxay) PP EN, 18:49

Shots: Aberdeen — 27, Austin — 26

Power plays: Aberdeen 1-2; Austin 3-4