BISMARCK, ND – A pair of timely goals and a big performance by Alex Schilling was the recipe for a 2-1 Bruins win on Friday night at VFW Sports Center over the Bismarck Bobcats. The result ended Bismarck’s point streak at eight and snapped a three-game Bruins losing streak.
Setting the tone for the game, the Bruins were awarded three power play chances in the first period, including a 5 on 3, but couldn’t break the scoreless tie. Dueling goaltenders Alex Schilling and Ryan Ullan stopped everything that came their way in the first.
The Bruins struck first at 4:18 of the second period when Kaiden Scott scored his first NAHL goal. Bismarck forward Dylan Giorgio fell down in the neutral zone, springing Benito Posa and Scott on a rush. Scott blasted a perfect shot in and out of the top of the net to open the scoring. Shortly after the goal, the Bobcats had the potential tying goal waived off when Nico Blachman kicked a rebound into the net. Alex Schilling had a standout period, holding the 1-0 lead to the break, after a steady pushback by the Bobcats.
On their sixth power play chance of the game, the Bruins finally broke through at 9:09 of the third, when Andy Willis found Alex Mella with a circle-to-circle pass. Mella’s shot beat Ullan short side for the insurance tally. Pulling their goaltender with just over two minutes remaining, the Bobcats made a game of it when they scored with 1:11 to go on a deflection by Adam Stacho from a Matej Murin point shot. Bismarck called time out and mounted one last rally but Dante Zapata blocked Ty Enns’ shot at the buzzer to end the game. Schilling made 24 stops for his 2nd win. Ullan made 21 in the losing effort.
The Bruins will try to sweep the Bobcats on Saturday night at VFW Sports Center. Fans are encouraged to watch the game at The Bakery Lounge – the official headquarters of Bruins road games. It will also be broadcast live in HD on HockeyTV.com (away audio). The puck drops at 7:15 PM.