Bruins Stall in Brookings

BROOKINGS, SD – In the finale of a weekend that the Bruins would like to forget, an extended first intermission and a rink change disrupted a dominant first period and ultimately led to a 4-2 loss on Saturday night at Larson Ice Center, the Bruins’ third loss in a row – all at the hands of the Blizzard.

The Bruins came out flying and took an early lead when Valdemar Ahlberg cleaned up a Jaden Shields shot and tucked a backhand past Blizzard goaltender Zachary Borgiel at 2:03 of the first. Brookings got even at 3:35 when Vince Marino was able to bank a shot off of Mads Sogaard at the goal line. It was one of only four first period shots for the Blizzard. The Bruins had 20 but the game entered the first intermission tied at one.

The Zamboni broke down, delaying the intermission and eventually forcing the game to be moved to an alternate sheet of ice inside Larson Ice Center. When the game resumed, a too-many-men on the ice penalty cost the Bruins as Cameron Teamor’s point shot beat Sogaard. Griffen Sanom scored off the rush soon after and all the Bruins momentum from the opening period was gone. Connor Koviak’s goal at 15:39 signaled the end of the night for Sogaard, the third time in the last  games the Bruins changed goaltenders mid-game. Brookings led 4-1 when a glass covering along the dasher board chipped off, bringing the second intermission to an ironic early start.

After a 16 shot second, the Bruins put 14 more on goal in the 3rd, finishing with a season-high 50. Dan Petrick scored a power play goal with 22 seconds left against Benjamin Beck who had replaced an injured Borgiel late in the second period. It turned out to be too little, too late. The Bruins fell to 4-6-3 and will continue their road trip on Friday and Saturday in Bismarck with a pair of 7:15 faceoffs. Both games can be seen on HockeyTV (AWAY), and at the Bakery Lounge – the official Bruins road headquarters. Friday’s game will be broadcast on the radio as well at and on AM 1480 KAUS in Austin.