AUSTIN, MN – The Minot Minotauros scored five goals in the 2nd period as they pulled away and eventually beat the Bruins 7-3 on Friday night at Riverside Arena. The Bruins alternated win-loss for the sixth game in a row.
Minot scored twice in the latter portion of the opening period. Michael Talbot buried a three-way passing play into an empty net at 14:00, his first of two goals on the night. Minot added a power play goal at 17:21 from Zach Bross to extend their lead to 2-0. Despite the Bruins holding an 11-4 shot advantage, 2-0 was the score after 20 minutes.
The ‘Tauros came on fast and furious in the 2nd, the tone set 24 seconds in when Tyler Jeanson snuck a shot from the goal line past Alex Schilling. After Talbot scored again at 1:38, Schilling was replaced by Jake Kucharski. Alex Adams and Jack Murphy each scored before the halfway point of the period, putting the Bruins in a 6-0 hole. After a timeout, Logan Haskins got the Bruins on the board, finishing a chaotic sequence around the Minot net at 10:10. Less than three minutes later, a power play goal by Justin Misiak made it 6-2, giving the Bruins a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, a glimmer was all it would be as Murphy scored his second of the game at 15:02 to make it 7-2 after two periods.
The lone goal of the third period was scored by Travis Kothenbeutel with the man advantage at 5:55. Lucas Murray was the winning netminder, making 32 saves. The Bruins try to earn the split with a 7:05 faceoff on Saturday night at Riverside against the Minotauros. The Bruins are holding “Austin Mavericks night,” honoring the Junior hockey team that came to Austin in the 1970s. Tickets can be purchased for $4 off the door price at Hy-Vee, Jim’s Marketplace, Games People Play, and the Holiday Inn.