CLOQUET, MN – Gilbert Gabor scored twice and the Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit but a Tyler Cline powerplay goal with under two minutes to go, led the Minnesota Wilderness to a 4-3 win and a sweep of the weekend.
Five of the seven goals were scored on the powerplay and Minnesota's Alex Toscano set the tone with an extra-man marker at 5:40 of the first period. Toscano scored again at 10:38, lunging to tip a Casey Gilling pass behind Bruins goaltender Austin Smith. The Bruins snapped a powerplay drought when Gabor banged home a Jacob Paganelli feed at 18:07 and the score was 2-1 Wilderness after one period.
In the 2nd, the Wilderess got a 2-man advantage and cashed in when Gilling jumped on a loose puck at 11:11. Gabor responded yet again, breaking behind the defense at 15:09 for an unassisted goal to bring the score to 3-2 after 40 minutes.
The Bruins got even when Austin Rueschhoff picked up a 5 on 3 goal at the 12:29 mark of the 3rd. The puck just trickled accross the goal line and was confirmed after the officials talked to the goal judge. Rueschhoff was called for checking from behind late in the period and Cline ripped a shot past Smith for the game-winner with 1:45 remaining. Wilderness goaltender Chase Munroe made 24 saves for his 6th win. Smith also made 24 in the losing effort.
The Bruins return to Riverisde Arena for two home games with the first place Minot Minotauros on Friday and Saturday night at 7:05. Tickets can be purchased starting Monday at HyVee, Jim's Marketplace, Games People Play, and the Holiday Inn.