AUSTIN, MN – In a wild game at Riverside Arena, the Bruins rallied from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits to earn a point, but ultimately lost in overtime, 6-5 to the Coulee Region Chill on Saturday night.
The Chill, who scored four power play goals in the game, got three in the first period, and took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Trenton Bliss, Alex Falconer, and Marshal Plunkett tallied the goals. The Bruins began their comeback in the 2nd period, getting on the board at 10:28 of the 2nd when Cooper Sande joined the rush and was set up by Travis Kothenbeutel and Lane Krenzen for his first NAHL goal. Late in the period, Michael Piehler deflected a Danny Petrick offering on a power play to bring the deficit to just one goal heading to the 2nd intermission.
It took just over a minute in the 3rd for the Bruins to get even when Jon Richards scored a shorthanded goal, his team-leading seventh, set up once again by Kothenbeutel. At 5:44, the Bruins took their first and only lead when Petrick tapped a puck over the goal line after it sat being Chill goaltender Joe Marcoullier, who stopped Evan Cholak’s redirect from Justin Misiak. The Chill’s power play struck again at 9:25 as Kevin Dineen got loose in front and beat Jake Kucharski. Coulee Region went back ahead at 14:52 when Isaac Theisen followed up a Caleb Schroer goal post shot to make the score 5-4. Marcoullier was called for tripping with just under three minutes remaining in regulation and with an extra attacker on the ice, Petrick scored in the final minute to tie the game at five. Evan Cholak fed Jan Stefka, who moved the puck across to the left faceoff circle for Petrick’s finish, his 2nd goal of the game.
Predictably, 3-on-3 overtime didn’t last long, and at 1:28, Chill defenseman Steven Quagliata took a feed from Dineen and buried into an empty net to end the game. Kucharski stopped 18 of 24 shots while Marcoullier went 26/31.
The Bruins (7-7-2) head to Brookings for a rare Sunday game against the Blizzard at 5:05 PM. Fans can view the game at Hoot & Ole’s (Smitty’s) Tavern, the official home of Bruins road games, or watch live on HockeyTV.com (AWAY feed).