White Bear Sports Center hasn’t been kind for the Minnesota Flying Aces, as a loss on September 19th by a 7-6 decision was coupled on Friday with a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Twin City Steel really had the Aces in a state of shock.
2:56 into the Friday contest, Twin City’s Chris Skordilis scored what would become the first of four goals in the opening period. Skordilis was assisted by Jordan Pitlick and Jake McGlocklin. Eleven seconds later, at 3:07, Minnesota tied the score off a turnover which Bradee Thompson put in the net past Steel goaltender Parker Butler to make it 1-1. Colton Jones tallied Minnesota’s second goal on the power play at 4:39, and Mikko Aho tied the game at two apiece through twenty minutes with his goal at 6:16. Shots in the first period were 15-9 in Twin City’s favor.
At 4:17 of the second period, Twin City’s Aharon Lara made it 3-2 on a power play goal with an assist going to Lance Carney and Matthias Ahman. David Becker added to the lead at 15:20 when he scored on even strength to make it 4-2. Becker had an assist each from Carney and Jared Erickson. At 19:21 in the second, Minnesota’s Bradee Thompson was assessed a two-minute minor and ten-minute misconduct for a check from behind, and that was a sign of what was to come. Shots through forty minutes favored Twin City 30-13.
The third period was, in a word, physical. Twenty-one total penalties between nine different players at different times during the period resulted in Minnesota ultimately losing their cool in the end. Twin City goals from Jon Plaszcz and Mikko Aho at 0:30 and 19:11 respectively sealed the deal, book ending a Minnesota goal from AJ Gullickson at 1:03 in the third period. Shots on goal in the game finished 43-23 in Twin City’s favor, with Twin City going 2-4 on power plays. Minnesota finished 1-8.
Jon Plaszcz’s goal at 6:56 of the opening period would set the stage as the Twin City Steel defeated the Minnesota Flying Aces for a second consecutive night, as the Steel won 4-1 on Saturday.
Matt Olson’s power play goal for Minnesota would prove to be the only puck that went into the net for the home team, as Olson’s goal came on a power play at 2:38. Kenny Miller and Blake Neumann assisted Olson on the goal. Through twenty minutes, shots favored Minnesota 16-11. The more telling story surrounded Minnesota’s Joshua Malin who was given a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing at 7:30 and 7:32 respectively, thereby ending his night as quickly as it started.
Period two only saw Aharon Lara extend Twin City’s lead to 2-1 on a goal at 16:22 from assists by Mikko Aho and Nicholas Campbell, and the middle frame only saw a combined four penalties as well. Shots through forty minutes favored the Steel by a 37-27 margin, as Twin City took twenty-six official shots in the middle period.
Jon Plaszcz and Connor Boscaccy would each add empty net goals at 18:03 and 19:47 to seal the deal for the Steel, who outshot the Aces 63-42 on the night. Plaszcz and Campbell were also the only players on the ice for both teams to score two points or more.
Power plays saw Twin City go 0-3 and Minnesota go 1-4, but Minnesota ended up on the short end of the stick when all was set and done.
UP NEXT: Twin City will enjoy a two game road trip just after Thanksgiving, with the Steel playing in Alexandria on November 28, and Breezy Point on November 29. Friday’s game has a 7:10pm start and Saturday’s game has a 7pm start, with both able to be seen on FASTHockey.com.