ROBERTSON CUP SEMIFINALS: Wings Soar In Game One Rout Of Minnesota

Aberdeen a game away from return to Robertson Cup Championship after 5-1 victory
Wings defeat Minnesota 5-1 in first game of the best-of-three Robertson Cup Semifinals
Wings defeat Minnesota 5-1 in first game of the best-of-three Robertson Cup Semifinals(Dakota News Now)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 10:50 PM CDT
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BLAINE, MN (Dakota News Now) - After playing 64 regular & postseason games against the same five teams from their Central Division, the Aberdeen Wings finally saw someone new on Friday afternoon at the Robertson Cup Semifinals in Blaine, Minnesota.

The Minnesota Magicians, on the other hand, probably wish they hadn’t seen the Wings on this day.

Aberdeen scored three goals in the first period and never looked back on their way to a 5-1 victory in game one of their best-of-three semifinal series at Fogerty Arena. The Wings can close out the series and return to the Robertson Cup Championship tomorrow if they can finish the series off in game two. The puck drops at 4:30 PM.

The Wings started fast on Friday, scoring just 4:03 into the game on a blue line snipe from Christian Abrams. 13 minutes later Kyle Gaffney weaved through the Magician defense and beat the keeper to make it 2-0 on his third goal of the postseason. Less than two minutes later the Wings went on a power play and Will Arquiett roofed a shot top shelf to make it 3-0 on his fourth postseason goal.

Though Minnesota scored early in the second period, Natan Vertes would slam the door shut on any thoughts of a comeback. Trevor Russell hit Vertes with a pass to set up a breakaway goal at the 13:28 mark. Later, with just 43 seconds left in the period, Vertes followed his own shot to score his second of the game and fifth of the playoffs to make it 5-1.

Aberdeen goalie Jake Sibell saved 20 shots.

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