BROOKINGS – With first place in the Central Division on the line, it was the Wings that came up with the big plays late in the game to collect a 5-2 win over the Blizzard on Friday night at Larson Ice Center.
Leading 3-2 early in the second period, Aberdeen tacked on two late power-play goals in the third for the final margin.
Zach Noble gave the Wings the early lead midway through the first period, but Brookings answered quickly as Vince Marino scored off assists from Brendan Aird and Josh Boyer to send the game into the first intermission tied at 1-1.
Seventy-nine seconds into the second, Nic Sicoly put Aberdeen back into the lead.
However, Andriy Denyskin knotted in back up at 2-all just 20 seconds later off a Doug Larson setup.
Jonathan Bendorf’s goal with 17:56 left gave the Wings a 3-2 edge through two.
Nathan Burke lit the lamp twice with power-play goals in the third period as Aberdeen improved to 9-6-2 and takes over first place in the division with 20 points.
The Wings held a 35-21 advantage in shots as Gabe Vinal earned the win in net with 19 saves.
Brookings dropped to 9-8-0-1 and is still in second with 19 points.