The game between the Minnesota Flying Aces and the Twin City Steel was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Minnesota emerged with a 4-3 win.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Nick Tolin\’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
The Flying Aces pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 19 penalty minutes.
Minnesota was led by Tolin, who finished with one goal. Tolin scored 2:18 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Minnesota. Jake Mullendore picked up the assist.
The Flying Aces\’ offense rang up 35 shots on Twin City\’s net.
Minnesota additionally got points from Eric Cruickshank, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Mullendore, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Anthony Martinez also scored for Minnesota. In addition, Minnesota received assists from Blake Anderson, Bradee Thompson, Vladimir Marchenko, and AJ Gullickson, who each chipped in one.
The Steel kept Minnesota\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Jaxson Gosnell made 30 saves on 33 shots.
Twin City was helped by Jace Childs, who tallied one goal and one assist. Childs scored 16:39 into the second period to make the score 3-3. Zach Randell provided the assist. Twin City also got points from Chase Myers-Beck, who also registered one goal and one assist. Twin City also got a goal from Isaac Hale as well. More assists for Twin City came via Joonas Huovinen and Calvin Miska, who contributed one a piece.
The Flying Aces registered one goal on four power play opportunities. The Steel\’s Jared Schletty stopped 31 shots out of the 35 that he faced. Twin City totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 1-for-8 on the power play.