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Bismarck Bobcats forward Adam Stacho, left, battles Aberdeen's Andrew Sinard for the puck in the second period of Friday night's game at the VFW Sports Center.

Aberdeen scored two goals late in the third period to rally past Bismarck in a high-octane scoring fest Friday night at the VFW Sports Center.

Six players scored goals for the Bobcats in the must-win game, but the Central-Division leading Wings buried two goals in the final 4 1/2 minutes to rally for a 7-6 win.

The Bobcats' faint NAHL playoff homes took a further hit. Bismarck trails Minot by six points with just three games left.

The Bobcats host Aberdeen tonight at 7 p.m. in their final home game of the season.

There were plenty of fireworks Friday night.

After trailing by two goals twice in the game, George Grannis' first goal of the season was a biggie for the Bobcats. At the 11:55 mark of the third, Grannis put the home team on top 6-5.

But the Wings finished strong.

After Evan Rochowiak tied it at 6-6 before Joe Strada put the Wings on top with the game's 13th goal, including 11 in the last two periods, with 2:49 left.

Aberdeen scored midway through the opening period and then again late in the frame to take a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Nathan Burke scored both goals, the first coming at 11:47 on the power play to break the ice.

It stayed 1-0 until late in the period when Burke got another goal on the man advantage to make it 2-0. The goal was the 30th of the season for the Scottsdale, Ariz., product.

The Bobcats had a quick response early in the second period, however.

Just 66 seconds in, Simon Morberg cut the deficit in half. Sam Malinski and Joseph Mancuso got assists on Morberg's 14th goal of the campaign, making it 2-1 at 1:06 of the second period.

The Bobcats kept the good times coming less than two minutes later when Jacob Marti redirected Will Fisher's shot to square it at 2-all. It was Marti's 10th goal of the season. Zach Van Sant also got an assist on the play.

Aberdeen wasted little time getting back in front thanks to Nic Sicoly's 13th tally of the season, deflecting it past John Roberts for a 3-2 advantage just 51 seconds after Marti had equalized.

The Wings pushed the lead back to two again at the 6:37 mark when Tim Makowski's goal made it 4-2.

But the Bobcats weren't done.

Cooper Haar snapped off a wrister, beating Gabe Vinal at the 16:17 mark. Jake Olson provided the feed that cut the gap to 4-3.

Then, with just seconds left in the period, Joseph Mancuso squared it again, scoring on the power play with 27 seconds left for Bismarck's fourth goal of the period to make it 4-all.

Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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