AUSTIN, MN – The Bruins climbed out of a 0-2 hole to tie the game up in the 3rd period on Saturday night, but Derek Frentz's goal with just under six minutes remaining made the difference in a 3-2 Minot victory. The Bruins split their third consecutive weekend but did win twice this week, going 2-1-0 between the Coulee Region and Minot games.
Minot's Jack Murphy scored the first goal of the night, finishing off a 3 on 1 rush, taking a pass from Grayson Gavin at 10:17 of the first period. Leading 1-0 in the 2nd, Jacob Gammicchia scored his first goal of the year at 12:23 off a Zack Bross faceoff win to extend the lead to 2-0. Just before the end of the period, Marcus Karlstom set up Jacob Paganelli who ripped a shot just inside the left post to bring the score back to 2-1 at the end of 40 minutes.
The Bruins got even in the 3rd when Justin Misiak notched a powerplay goal, taking a cross-crease feed from Michael Piehler – Piehler's first NAHL point. Paganelli's assisted as well for his 2nd point of the game. With 5:52 to go, Derek Frentz rushed up the left wing and put a shot right between the legs of Kris Carlson for the eventual game winning goal. The Bruins had a pair of 5-on-3s and a powerplay with 2 minutes remaining but couldn't push a third goal accross. Lucas Murray stopped 22 Bruins shots for his 8th win. Carlson made 31 saves in the loss.
The Bruins fall back behind Minot by two points for first place in the Central and will host Aberdeen for a pair of games at Riverside Arena next Friday and Saturday night at 7:05 PM.