MINOT, ND – After losing a 2-1 lead to the Minotauros late and ultimately falling in overtime just two weeks agao at Riverside Arena, the Bruins were determined not to let it happen again. Leading 2-1 heading into the third on Friday at Maysa Arena in Minot, the Bruins were able to hold on and win their third game in a row. A regular season win against the Minotauros was something they never did last season.
Austin dominated the first period, outshooting the 'Tauros 15-6 and scoring the only goal of the stanza. Justin Misiak deflected Paul O'Connor's shot past Minot goaltender Jon Flakne at 6:51 of the 1st for a 1-0 Bruins lead. It was a powerplay goal and Misiak's fifth of the season.
Dawson DiPietro took a penalty six seconds into the second period but it was the Bruins who would again capitalize as Gilbert Gabor notched a shorthanded goal at the :14 second mark of the frame. Gabor's goal came unassisted and extended his point streak to seven games. at 7:18 of the period, Zach Bross cut the lead in half for Minot, slipping a puck through Kris Carlson and making it 2-1. Jacob Dittel and Jack Murphy assited. The score remained 2-1 into the third period.
Minot had plenty of chances in the 3rd period, outshooting the Bruins 11-6, but Carlson and the defense held strong, and he Bruins skated away with the 2-1 win. Carlson made 23 saves on 24 Minot shots. Flakne turned aside 33 of 35 Bruins offerings in the losing effort. The win brought the Bruins to 8-6-1 on the season and within three points of the 'Tauros for first place in the Central. The two teams will conclude the weekend series at 7:35 on Saturday night. The Bruins broadcast hits the air at 7:25 on FASTHockey.com.