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Wings to play for Robertson Cup title tonight

Aberdeen Wings goalie Jake Sibell watches the puck as he works to clear it away during a playoff game against the Bismarck Bobcats at the Odde Ice Center. The Wings take on the Shreveport Mudbugs tonight for the Robertson Cup championship in Blaine, Minn. Photo by John Davis taken 6/5/2021

BLAINE, Minn. – The Aberdeen Wings are just 60 minutes away from defending their Robertson Cup championship.

All that stands in the way of the 2019 champs is the 2018 champion Shreveport Mudbugs.

Puck drops at 7 tonight in the North American Hockey League title contest at Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minn.

Both squads for the most part have had little trouble in the post season, having a combined three losses in 20 contests, all of those coming in the opening round of the playoffs.

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The Wings certainly were pushed to the limit, having to defeat Minot in a winner-take-all fifth game that went to overtime. However, Aberdeen comes into the championship game on a five-game winning streak, including a sweep of the Minnesota Magicians in the semifinals.

The Mudbugs had just one hiccup in the post season, losing their first playoff game to the Amarillo Bulls. However, since then, Shreveport has not lost a game, although they were pushed to overtime a couple of times. The Mudbugs had no trouble in the semifinals outscoring the Maine Nordiques 9-2 in a two-game sweep. Shreveport enters tonight’s title tilt on a seven-game winning streak.

Aberdeen has been the most dominant team in the NAHL this season. The squad features three first-time All-NAHL selections: forward Payton Matsui, defenseman Nico Devita, and goalie Jake Sibell, as well as second-team pick forward Clayton Cosentino. Scott Langer was chosen Coach of the Year and also General Manager of the Year.

Tonight’s championship can be seen on HockeyTV and also at Buffalo Wings and Rings. The game can be heard on 94.1 FM the Rock.

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