Photo courtesy of Don Boesen, Boesen Photography
AUSTIN, MN – Jacob Paganelli's goal with 1:52 remaining in overtime was the only goal through 63 minutes and eight seconds as the Bruins defeated the first place Bismarck Bobcats,1-0 on Friday night at Riverside Arena.
The Bruins had a 27-26 shot advantage through regulation, but both teams played a strong defensive game, led by Central Division All-Star goaltenders Kris Carlson and Hunter Shepard. The Bobcats had five powerplays, including a 5 on 3 at the end of the 2nd period into the 3rd. The Bruins went 0-for-4 on their chances.
In OT, defenseman Paul O'Connor carried the puck up the left wing and threw the puck at the net with Paganelli crashing. Shepard kicked it out to Paganelli who lifted a backhand over the sprawling netminder. It was Paganelli's 11th goal of the season and his 2nd OT winning goal. Dalton Gally picked up a secondary assist.
The Bruins picked up their third win of the season over Bismarck and go for the weekend sweep on Saturday night at 7:05 at Riverside Arena.