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Aho and Lara come up big in Shootout

Mikko Aho turned out to be one of the heroes in Twin City’s home contest as the Steel defeated the Minnesota Flying Aces 7-6 in a shootout at the newly minted White Bear Sports Center.

Aho had two goals in regulation, but not before Minnesota stormed out to a 3-0 lead through 5:24. Tyler Leverty scored the game’s first goal on even strength (unassisted) before Jake Mullendore and AJ Gullickson added to the tally.

Mikko Aho scored his first goal of the game at 9:52 of period one with assists going to Aharon Lara and Kyle Wagner on even strength. Countering that goal later in the period with their fourth at 16:06, Minnesota led 4-1 through twenty minutes.

David Becker scored for Twin City at fifty-four seconds of the second period, making the score 4-2 through 20:54 played. Mikko Aho scored a power play to trim the Aces lead to 4-3 on his marker at 4:42. Lance Carney and Jon Plaszcz were credited with assists on the effort. David Becker scored his own power play marker not two minutes later, leveling the score to 4-4 with not even a half a total game played. The Aces and Steel traded goals to end the second period tied at five apiece. Shots on goal through forty minutes favored Twin City by a 29-16 count.

Russel Barone scored the only third period goal for Twin City, putting the Steel up 6-5 for a span of just over six minutes (goal came at 6:19), when Minnesota’s Isak Larson tied the game at six apiece at 12:57 of period three.

There was overtime to be played, but five minutes settled nothing with the overall result. It was Aharon Lara who scored the winner in the shootout, but credit should go to Aho, who scored when called upon in the four-man shootout (a fifth round was not needed). Twin City finished 2-6 on power plays to Minnesota’s 1-5.

COMING UP NEXT-The Twin City Steel return to White Bear Sports Center Saturday 9/20 for their second game of the season versus the North Iowa Bulls. Geoff Discher has the call at 7pm on FASTHockey.