The Austin Bruins kicked off the start of the 2011-2012 season at the ninth annual North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament in Blaine Minnesota. The Bruins took on the newly formed Kalamazoo Junior K Wings of the North Division. The opening frame the Bruins were unable to create anything offensively firing just six shots on Alec Okicki. The K-Wings pumped one in with just one second remaining in period one courtesy of Anthony Appleyard. At the end of period number one Kalamazoo led 1-0. The middle frame was an excellent start for the Bruins as Austin Nelson picked up his first goal of his junior career, assisting on the goal was John Kirby and John Gerht. The K-Wings were able to answer back when Chris Hughes hit the back of the net giving Kalamazoo a 2-1 lead. Answering back for the black and yellow was the new addition Brandon Wahlin, assists went to Charlie Adams and CJ Smith. At the end of two periods of play the Bruins and K-Wings were tied 2-2. The third period the Bruins scored a shorty as Brandon Wahlin went upstairs giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The Bruins were able to hold on as Tyler Bruggeman picked up his first victory in net as a bruin. The Bruins battle the Fresno Monsters from the West Division tomorrow night on fat hockey .com tune in for live play by play.