AUSTIN, Minn. – In front of their hometown fans for the first time this season, the Bruins tallied four goals in the middle frame en route to a 5-1 win over the Janesville Jets on Saturday night.
The two teams which dueled on Friday night took a period to get adjusted, with the two teams trading goals in the first period. Janesville jumped out to the 1-0 lead with their first and only goal of the night when TJ Sagissor beat Bruins netminder Kyle McClellan five-hole.
That was all the offense Janesville would find on the night as the Bruins netted the next five, starting with Dante Sheriff. His goal at the end of the first period knotted things up at one heading into the locker room for the first intermission.
Out of the block in the second period, the Bruins exploded on the scene. Moments into the middle frame, Ian Mageau gave the Bruins their first lead of the night taking advantage of the extra man, a theme that continued throughout the night. Carson Riddle followed his line-mate Mageau with a goal of his own extending the Bruins dominance to 3-1. A physically demanding Bruins team kept dealing hits, frustrating the Jets and forcing their opponents into mistakes until, the black and capitalized on the power-play again, this time from Devon Fields, with only 2:03 left to go in the second period. With the 4-1 lead, the Bruins didn’t stop there as they pounded home their fifth goal of the night about 20 seconds later thanks to Riddle’s second of the night taking the B’s to the locker room with a commanding 5-1 lead.
Despite less scoring in the third, the physical play continued as the black and gold laid lumber and shifted to a defensive complexion. Goalie McClellan got a piece of a breakaway shot late in the third period to preserve the 5-1 lead, taking the thrust out of the Jets engines and lifting Austin to the win in front of a raucous and elated Riverside Arena crowd.
The Bruins return home on Tuesday, September 11 against the Kenai River Brown Bears at Riverside Arena. Tickets are only $5 and season ticket holders get free admission. For the complete schedule visit austinbruins.com for more information.