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Late goals send Cougars boys to loss

By By Robb Garofalo rgarofalo@aberdeennews.com, 12/15/18, 12:15PM CST

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Caleb Kranzler, of the Aberdeen Cougars, left, goes after the puck as Spencer Wedin, of the Oahe Capitals, creates a spray as he closes in at right, during the first period of Saturday's game at the Odde Ice Center. American News Photo by John Davis taken 12/15/2018

Three unanswered goals in the third period proved to be the difference as the Oahe Capitals knocked off the Aberdeen Cougars 4-1 in boys hockey inside the Odde Ice Center. The Cougars drop to 1-3 on the season.

“This was a tough loss for our guys,” said Aberdeen head coach Jon Aldinger. “Tied going into the third, we take a penalty early and (Oahe) gets a quick goal. Then we start to push a little harder and made a couple mistakes and they hurt us. Overall, we didn’t have many lapses (defensively), but when we did (Oahe) was able to cash in.”

Oahe would take a 1-0 lead after the first period, but the Cougars would tie it in the second on a power-play goal by Jared Everson. The assist would go to Jacob Walth. There couldn’t have been a more even first two periods, with both teams recording 18 shots on goal.

“We’ve been skating right there with a lot of teams,” Aldinger said. “We knew where (Oahe’s) breakouts were going to be, and I thought we did a good job matching them. We just need to do a better job on our 2-on-1’s. We had a few chances in the first period and a couple in the second that we need to take advantage of.”

The Cougars return to action today when they host Sioux Falls at the Odde Ice Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m.

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Oahe 1-0-3 — 4 Aberdeen 0-1-0 — 1

1st Period: Scoring: OC BV — Davis Goal (even strength) 2:56. Penalties: , AC BV (Checking from Behind, Misconduct, 10 min) 0:00; Everson, AC BV (Hooking, Minor, 2 min) 12:47; Johnson, AC BV (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 16:01; Johnson, AC BV (Abuse of officials and other misconduct, Misconduct, 10 min) 16:21; Wedin, OC BV (Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Minor, 2 min) 16:21. Goalie Changes: None.

2nd Period: Scoring: AC BV — Everson Goal (power play) (Walth) 1:18. Penalties: Leif, OC BV (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 1:25; Nelson, OC BV (Holding, Minor, 2 min) 4:54; Jones, AC BV (Tripping, Minor, 2 min) 10:19. Goalie Changes: None.

3rd Period: Scoring: OC BV — Wedin Goal (even strength) 15:09; OC BV — Griese Goal (even strength) (Davis, Paul) 15:27; OC BV — Briggs Goal (even strength) (Griese) 16:09. Penalties: Abel, AC BV (Cross Checking, Minor, 2 min) 14:22. Goalie Changes: None.

Goaltenders: Oahe, Tate Mueller, 25 shots 24 saves; Aberdeen Matt Feiock 33 shots, 29 saves.