AUSTIN, Minn. - The Aberdeen Wings saw a three-goal lead disappear as the Austin Bruins rallied in the third period for a 5-4 North American Hockey League victory Saturday.
The Wings built a 4-1 lead through two periods before the Bruins stormed back. John Simonson's goal with 5:18 left in the contest was the game-winner. The hosts received goals from four different players during the final period, scoring four times on a total of 10 shots. For the game, shots were 29-28 in Aberdeen's favor.
The first two periods were promising for the Wings, as Aberdeen scored the first two goals of the game, and added to its lead with two more goals in the second. Paul Prescott's goal in the first period and Cory Ward's goal in the second each came on a power play. Aberdeen converted two of eight chances on the power play while Austin was one of four.
Austin started its comeback with John Kirby's power play goal less than two minutes into the third period. Five minutes later, Grant Williams scored to cut the deficit to 4-3 and Brandon Wahlin's goal tied the game with seven and a half minutes to go. Wahlin also assisted on two goals for Austin (2-2-1).
Steve Obarzanek and Loren French also had goals for Aberdeen, which has now lost three straight games after winning three of four at the NAHL Showcase to start the season.
The Wings return to the ice at Coulee Region with games Friday and Saturday.
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First Period: 1, Aberdeen, Paul Prescott (Alex Brooks, Tyler Poulsen), 14:27; 2, Aberdeen, Steve Obarzanek (Cory Ward, Lane Mahoney), 12:42; 3, Austin, Christian Folin (Brandon Wahlin, Tyler Bruggeman), 1:53.
Second Period: 4, Aberdeen, Ward (Brooks, Mack Ohnsted), 18:56; 5, Aberdeen, Loren French (Oliver Widding-Persson, Ohnsted), 17:02.
Third Period: 6, Austin, John Kirby (Connor Quinn, Wahlin), 18:32; 7, Austin, Grant Williams (Folin, Trevor Waldoch), 13:06; 8, Austin, Wahlin (C.J. Smith, Jonathan Gehrt), 7:29; 9, Austin, John Simonson (Andy Faust, Gehrt), 5:18.
Goalies: Aberdeen, Marcus Zelzer (28 shots, 23 saves); Austin, Tyler Bruggeman (29 shots, 25 saves).