BLAINE, Minn. – They needed a little extra time, but the Bruins prevailed for their second straight win to start the 2018-19 regular season with a 2-1 shootout win over the Lone Star Brahmas.
With less than 24 hours elapsed since their last face-off, the Bruins took to the ice against the Brahmas for game number two of the NAHL Showcase. The first twenty minutes showed both teams laying big hits and mostly feeling out their opponents, looking for weaknesses. It was a tightly contested first period, but neither team was able to crack and both units made their way to the locker rooms in a scoreless tie.
In the second period, it was shades of Wednesday as the Bruins gave up the game’s first goal but, also like Wendesday, it was Hugh Larkin who netted the equalizer for the B’s. Andy Willis fed Larkin a pass parellel to the goal line, which he snapped past Lone Star goalie Harrison Feeney. Along with Willis, Bruins forward Joe Winkelmann was credited with an assist, his third of the season.
Despite having all of the third period, and the five-minute overtime segment, neither team could solve the opposing goaltender and a shootout was necessary.
Dante Zapata was the first shooter for the Bruins and he proved to net the game winner sliding a backhander past Feeney, while on the other side of the rink, Bruins goalie Brett Miller stopped all three of Lone Star’s shootout attempts to cement the victory.
With the win, the Bruins moved to 2-0 on the season having won both of their games at the NAHL Showcase. The tournament continues tomorrow when the black and gold will take on the Topeka Pilots at 11 A.M.