AUSTIN, Minn. – For the second consecutive night the Austin Bruins took down the St. Cloud Blizzard, this time at home, topping their opponents 3-2.
It was a shaky first period for the Bruins who surrendered the game’s first goal only four-and-a-half minutes into the game. A shot from the point by Brock Draeger was knocked off a body in front and landed on the stick of Max Johnson who found a wide open net and gave the Blizzard a 1-0. Neither team was able to add anything to the scoreboard in the first period, so the Bruins headed to the break down a goal.
They didn’t waste much time in the second frame to tie things up, only a minute and eight seconds, when Nate Solis tipped a Dante Sheriff wrister past Blizzard netminder Sam Metcalf making the game 1-1. Austin kept the pedal to the metal in the middle period and took their first lead of the game six minutes later. With the puck at the blue-line, Josef Mysak ripped a wrist-shot that found its way though the bodies in front and slipped past Metcalf and threw the Bruins in front 2-1. Austin made it 3-1 in the second period when on the power-play Hugh Quinn sent a laser to the top shelf and beat Metcalf.
In the third period, Austin clamped down defensively only allowing four total shots but one of them was a power-play goal for Ryan Green with 7:22 left to go in the period. The Bruins were able to control the pace of play and rode to victory by a final score of 3-2.
With the win, the Bruins improve to n19-9-2-4 on the season while the Blizzard drop to 9-20-3-1. The Bruins have won their last five games while also earning at least a point in their last nine. The two teams meet again on Saturday, this time from St. Cloud, as they wrap up their three games in three days.
Following the game against the Blizzard, the Bruins welcome the Minot Minotauros to Riverside Arena on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18. On Friday, January 17, it’s another $10 Night where all tickets are only $10 and fans can enjoy in-arena specials like $10 beer buckets and more. On Saturday, January 18, it’s Hockey Day in Minnesota where every youngster wearing their youth hockey jersey will receive free admission plus it’s another post-game skate. For tickets to either game next weekend, stop by any one of the Bruins vendors including Games People Play, Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, and Jim’s Marketplace.