AUSTIN, Minn. – In their second game in front of a loud, raucous crowd, the Bruins took down the Bismarck Bobcats by a final score of 2-1.
the first period proved to be a feeling out process for both teams who took to the ice for the second time in as many nights against one another. Following a glass break in the arena, the Bruins came out throwing their weight around. Carson Riddle and Reggie Millette stamped a few Bobcats to make their mark on the game.
Off the blocks in the second period, the Bruins took their first lead of the night thanks to rookie Carson Riddle. While on the powerplay, Noah Kim’s point shot ricocheted to a waiting Riddle who didn’t miss. Austin held onto that lead for well over ten minutes but Bismarck was ultimately able to tie the game with a powerplay goal of their own. Both teams skated to the locker room level at one goal apiece, but things would change in the third.
Midway through the final frame, Jed Pietila snapped a shot from the right point which found twine past goaltender John Roberts. Austin was able to hold on for the remainder of the third and earn the first victory of the season in front of their home crowd.
With the win, the Bruins move to 4-1-1 on the season and take sole possession of second place in the Central Division standings. Bismarck’s loss drops them to third place with a record of 4-2-0.
Austin is back in action next Saturday with their third straight home game, this time battling the Brookings Blizzard. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 1 at all of the Bruins vendors including Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn Austin, Jim’s Marketplace, and Games People Play.