The Minnesota Flying Aces climbed out of a two-goal hole to beat the Breezy Point North Stars, 3-2.
Minnesota never led in the game until netting the game winner. The Flying Aces was down 2-0 after a goal by Breezy Point\’s Seyia Hayata at 4:40 in the second period. Minnesota tied things up at 2-2 on a power play goal by Bradee Thompson at 8:05 in the third period. The Flying Aces got the game winner at 18:01 in the third period on a goal by Thompson.
Blake Neumann had one goal and two assists to lead Minnesota.
The Flying Aces forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and two majors for 54 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 30.0 minutes per game Minnesota had been spending in the box. The Flying Aces kept the North Stars\’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Jaxson Gosnell made 30 saves on 33 shots.
Minnesota also got points from Thompson, who also registered one goal and one assist. Minnesota also got a goal from Zachary Johnston as well. More assists for Minnesota came via Matt Heim, Travis Johnston, and Tyler Arenz, who contributed one each.
Breezy Point\’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled seven minors and two majors for 54 minutes in penalty time. The North Stars surpassed its season average of 28.0 penalty minutes per game. Breezy Point forced Minnesota goalie Dakota McDonald to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots.
Dakota McDonald made 32 saves for the Flying Aces on 34 shots. Minnesota registered two goals on seven power play opportunities. For the Flying Aces, Heim was ejected from the game. The North Stars registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. Breezy Point ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Benny Smieja was ejected from the game.