Bruins can't hold lead, swept by Magicians

RICHFIELD, MN – The Magicians scored three powerplay goals as they erased a late 2nd period two goal deficit to defeat the Bruins 4-3 at Richfield Ice Arena on Saturday night. The Magicians improved to 3-0-0 against the Bruins after a 12 game winless stretch entering the season and picked up the weekend sweep.

The Bruins got the game's first goal as Jade Miller got his team leading 20th on the powerplay at 9:54 of the first, taking a backdoor pass from Gilbert Gabor, and sliding one past Magicians goaltender Danil Gerasimov. The Magicians got even with their powerplay at 16:34 when Jake Cass' shot from the blue line deflected off a Bruin and past Robbie Goor. In the final minute, the Bruins got their lead back when AJ Drobot set up Gabor on a 2 on 1.

Leading 2-1 into the 2nd period, Michael Piehler jumped on a rebound just 19 seconds in – Zach Kennedy and Travis Kothenbeutel assisting. The Magicians replaced Gerasimov with Will Ulrich. Minnesota's John Peterson received a 5 minute major and match penalty followed by an abuse of officials call against Magicians head coach Scott Meyer, giving the Bruins a long powerplay in which they came up empty. With 1:55 to go in the period, Cass scored a carbon copy of his first goal, but this time at even strength and the Magicians trailed 3-2 after two periods.

After a Justin Misiak crosschecking penalty carried over into the third period, Pierce Crawford tied the game at three just 30 seconds in. The Magicians got another powerplay and took their first lead when Joe Nathe scored with just under six minutes remaining. The Bruins totaled 38 shots, significantly outshooting their oppoent for the third game in a row but the Magicians held on for the 4-3 win. Goor played well in the loss, making 22 saves.

The Bruins play at home twice next weekend. They'll host Brookings on Friday before the big "Paint the Rink Pink" game on Saturday against Coulee Region. Both games begin at 7:05 and tickets can be purchased at Hy Vee, Jim's Marketplace, Games People Play, and the Holiday Inn and Conference Center.