BISMARCK, ND – Trailing 4-1 entering the third, the Bruins played a dominant final frame, but couldn’t complete the comeback and fell by yet another one goal margin to the Bismarck Bobcats on Saturday night at the VFW Sports Center.
As he did on Friday, Jared Resseguie opened the scoring on this night. He beat Jake Kucharski stick side at 9:15 of the first to put Bismarck up 1-0. At 14:28, Justin Misiak was awarded a penalty shot and was denied by Will Ulrich. With just under two minutes to go, Tobias Fladeby scored a weird one, banking a puck off of Kucharski as he ventured out and back into his net. The ‘Cats led 2-0 after one period.
The Bruins were the better team over the final 40 minutes, but the middle period was especially frustrating. Dan Petrick got the Bruins on the board early, taking a feed from Evan Cholak and beating Ulrich at 4:38. Resseguie and Fladeby would each score again, however after a waved off icing call and a rare defensive breakdown, respectively. Bismarck held a 4-1 lead after two periods.
Robbie Goor took over in goal to start the third and the Bruins became their comeback bid at 8:16 when Liam Thrawl broke free and scored his first NAHL goal on a breakaway. 30 seconds later, Jan Stefka netted his third of the early season, fending off two Bobcats and putting the move on Ulrich. The Bruins outshot the Bobcats 13-11 in the 3rd but couldn’t find the equalizer and dropped their third straight. All six games have been decided by one goal.
The Bruins visit the Brookings Blizzard and Aberdeen Wings next weekend. Coverage begins on Friday at 6:55 on FASTHockey.com.